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Aphasia awareness through music and song

June, 2016 Aphasia Awareness Month  What better way to spread awareness about Aphasia and have some fun in the process than to write a song about it! This is what the Niagara Aphasia Program in Ontario, Canada, did. They created a music video and invited persons with Aphasia to star in it. Here is the project described in […]

Why we need more awareness about Aphasia

June, 2016, Aphasia Awareness Month What are the everyday struggles of persons with Aphasia and their caregivers? Many people don’t know. We have collected some of the emails we receive from patients and caregivers who have agreed to share their stories with all of us in the hope that this will help increase awareness about this challenging and […]

Your church, cinema, bookstore, or Facebook page – where will you go to raise awareness about Aphasia this June?

May, 2016 Aphasia Awareness Month of June is approaching, and it is time to plan activities that can help people in your community learn about this condition. Here we started a list with some ideas to help you plan your aphasia awareness event. What are your ideas? Share them with the NAA at naa@aphasia.org and we will share with […]

Primary progressive aphasia is not Alzheimer’s

April 4, 2016 Many people find it confusing to distinguish between Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) and Alzheimer’s, and there are good reasons for that. First, both are neurodegenerative conditions resulting from deterioration of brain tissue rather than an injury to the brain caused by stroke or head trauma. Second, the diagnosis of both conditions involves assessing language skills, deficits in […]

My beautiful broken brain

Image Credit: mybeautifulbrokenbrain.com March 22, 2016 My Beautiful Broken Brain is an intensely personal story of a 34 year old woman, Lotje Sodderland, who documented through film her 1-year journey of recovery from hemorrhagic stroke, which resulted in Aphasia. One night, Lotje goes out to watch fireworks in London, her hometown, and at the end of the evening she […]

A type of Primary Progressive Aphasia is caused by dementia plaques that affect left side of the brain

March 10, 2016 Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is a rare neurological syndrome in which language capabilities become slowly and progressively impaired, while other mental functions remain relatively preserved. Unlike other forms of aphasia resulting from stroke or traumatic brain injury, PPA is a degenerative brain condition. It results from deterioration of brain tissue affecting areas of the brain […]

How to spread the word about your support group – more tips

February 24, 2016 We asked our NAA affiliates who have registered as support or communication groups to send us some tips on how they advertise their groups to local communities. We will be sharing these tips through our posts in the hope that they may help other support groups reach out to more people with aphasia in their area. […]

How to spread the word about your support group

February 22, 2016 We asked our NAA affiliates who have registered as support or communication groups to send us some tips on how they advertise their groups to local communities. We will be sharing these tips through our posts in the hope that they may help other support groups reach out to more people with aphasia in their area. […]

Valentine’s Day with Aphasia

February 14, 2016 For this Valentine’s Day, we collected love stories from people with Aphasia and their partners, and we have included some tips on sex and intimacy after stroke. Bob and Nancy know what true love sounds like (via Tampa Bay Times) We do everything together. We’re together 24-7. We’re closer than most couples […]

Shaping the lips, placing the tongue, positioning the jaw – how we produce the right speech sounds

February 5, 2016 An article that came out in The Atlantic last week described a curious phenomenon called “foreign accent syndrome”. This is a condition that occurs due to brain injury and as a consequence people who are, say, native English speakers and never knew how to speak another language, start speaking with a French or German or […]