Stories & News

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 […]

The brain’s implicit knowledge of grammar is important for understanding spoken language

In certain types of aphasia such as Broca’s aphasia, also known as non-fluent aphasia, many people have problems constructing sentences that are grammatically correct or understanding other people’s speech because they don’t grasp the syntactic structure of their sentences. They may understand the meaning of the individual words in the sentence, just not their relationship, which […]

A memorial service for Harvey N. Alter, former NAA president

January 12, 2016 Harvey N. Alter, a former President of the National Aphasia Association and, more recently, the President of the International Aphasia Movement, passed away on November 25, 2015. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, January 16, 2016 at St. Luke’s in the Field, Manhattan. All are welcome to attend and many people from the aphasia community are […]