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Elder Care in Woodland Hills, CAIn-home professional caregivers who provide senior care and elder care often help people who had a stroke. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in the United States around 795,000 individuals have a stroke each year. About 130,000 of those who have a stroke die from it. Of the people who survive a stroke, WebMd says that 25% to 40% will get aphasia.

Aphasia comes from damage to the parts of the brain that control speech, reading comprehension, and the expression of language. People with aphasia have difficulty expressing themselves. They have trouble finding the correct words to say and speak slowly.

Causes of Aphasia
WebMd goes on further to say, stroke or a brain injury are the most likely causes of aphasia. It can also come from an infection in the brain, a tumor in the brain, and may be present along with epilepsy. Some who suffer from dementia or Alzheimer’s disease may have aphasia.

Categories of Aphasia
There are different kinds of aphasia, which include:

  • Anomic – With this form of aphasia, a person cannot remember the correct words and has difficulty with speech and writing.
  • Expressive – This form of aphasia creates difficulties for the person to speak or write. The person knows what they want to say but has trouble with the communication to others.
  • Primary Progressive – This is a very rare form of aphasia. Unlike aphasia that occurs suddenly from a stroke, primary progressive aphasia occurs slowly and gets worse over time. People with this form of aphasia, gradually lose their ability to understand words, speak, read, or write.
  • Receptive – Receptive aphasia makes it so a person can hear talking and can see written words, but does not comprehend the meaning. They may use literal meanings of language.
  • Global – This is the most severe type of aphasia. It is frequently seen as the result of a stroke. The person with global aphasia does not understand words and has trouble speaking. They are not able to write or read. With proper speech therapy and medication, the effects of global aphasia may decrease. Some people recover part of their abilities after having a stroke by working with a speech therapist. Success in treatment comes from getting other part of the brains to activate to help substitute for the parts of the brain that are injured.

All forms of aphasia may present themselves from mild to severe. Other mental processes, such as thinking are not affected by aphasia. This may cause a person to become frustrated with the inability to express their thoughts and communicate with others. Sometimes there is difficulty with handwriting and trouble with numbers, such as being incapable of performing simple mathematical calculations.

Treatment for Aphasia
The Mayo Clinic says that improvements are possible by using language and speech therapy. A person with aphasia is able to relearn how to speak and use other ways to communicate. Both family members and in-home professional caregivers are instrumental in helping a person with aphasia to improve.

Source

Stroke facts
http://www.cdc.gov/stroke/facts.htm

An Overview of Aphasia
http://www.webmd.com/brain/aphasia-causes-symptoms-types-treatments

Aphasia
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/aphasia/basics/definition/con-20027061

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