TIPS FOR COMMUNICATING WITH SENIORS WHO HAVE DIFFICULTY SPEAKING AFTER STROKE

Difficulty speaking after stroke is common

When someone is recovering from a stroke, there are both physical and cognitive challenges to overcome.

One common side effect is aphasia (pronounced ah-fay-zhuh), which affects about one third of stroke survivors. It happens when parts of the brain that deal with language are damaged.

Aphasia doesn’t affect intelligence, but people with this condition might have trouble speaking or finding the right words. They may also have problems understanding conversations, reading, writing, and using numbers.

We found a helpful tip sheet from the American Stroke Association that makes it easier to communicate with someone who’s having difficulty speaking after stroke. It also includes suggestions to help them express themselves more easily.

Tips for improving communication with someone who has aphasia

aphasia communication

 

Next Step  Print or save this aphasia communication tip sheet from the American Stroke Association – choose an image of a woman or a man (PDFs)

 

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By DailyCaring Editorial Team
Infographic source: American Stroke Association

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