Living with Aphasia Following a Stroke

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When a stroke affects certain parts of the brain, it can forever alter a person’s language production and comprehension. These communication difficulties resulting from stroke are referred to as aphasia, which can create major challenges in everyday activities. To honor National Aphasia Awareness Month this June and raise awareness about this condition, Regional Medical Center of San Jose has provided these tips for coping with aphasia in stroke rehabilitation.

Working with Family Members
Family members may need to work with a physician or speech pathologist to fully understand the communication limitations of a relative with aphasia . It is important for family members to have this understanding and learn methods for effective, direct communication with a relative who has survived a stroke. Because aphasia does not affect an individual’s intelligence, it is still possible to spend quality time with a loved one who is suffering from aphasia.

Attending Speech Therapy
While aphasia may pose long-term challenges and even have some permanent effects, there are ways to improve speech and language comprehension following a stroke. Speech therapy will be a primary source for re-learning language skills during stroke rehabilitation, and it may begin almost immediately after primary stroke care at the hospital.

Find Support Groups
If you or a family member is coping with aphasia, there are others who have been in your situation. You can reach out and find support within this understanding community of stroke survivors and their loved ones by attending a stroke or aphasia support group.

For stroke survivor support, rehabilitation, and primary stroke treatment, you can rely on the caring staff at Regional Medical Center of San Jose to offer the care you need. Our Certified Stroke Center has consistently been given a Gold Plus rating in the American Stroke Association’s “Get with the Guidelines” Program, and we treat more than 400 patients for stroke every year. You can learn more about our Stroke Center and rehabilitation services by visiting our website or calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (408) 259-4000.

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