Eating Out at Restaurants

Aphasia Snapshot: Eating Out at Restaurants

Restaurants can quickly go from a relaxing space to meet friends to a stressful place for conversation when you have aphasia. We want to know how you feel about going to new restaurants, and what makes you return to one again and again. If the pandemic has changed your dining habits, answer these questions thinking about life before the pandemic or a time after the pandemic.

Fill out the question set below one time only before June 30 at 3 pm ET. We’ll be back at the end of Aphasia Awareness Month with the community results.

Ready to jump into this mini Aphasia Snapshot and share your thoughts?

What Is an Aphasia Snapshot?

If you’ve ever attended one of our Aphasia Cafe chats, you know that we love to ask questions. We ask them when you sign up, and we run polls during the chat. The reason is simple: It gives everyone a chance to have their voice heard and participate in the discussion topic, especially when communication is difficult. By clicking a box or two, people who participate in our questions participate in the conversation.

We’ve expanded this project to our site to loop in people who may not be able or want to attend the chats. We find these questions provide an interesting snapshot of our community and bring more people into the conversation. Moreover, the results spark conversation. Do the majority of people share your opinion? How does your experience of aphasia overlap with people around you? It’s interesting to hear how many people feel the same way you do.

Normally, each month, we introduce a short series of questions to take a snapshot of the community. For Aphasia Awareness Month, we’re opening up mini snapshots weekly, and we’re posting the results to wrap up the month (along with a downloadable PDF version).

Unless noted, these questions are for people with aphasia. If you are a caregiver or professional, we hope you pass along these questions to the people with aphasia in your life. Fill out the questions together, or encourage the people with aphasia in your life to add their voice to the discussion. This additional way to communicate makes everyone part of the conversation.

These are not meant to be scientific research but merely a way to take the community’s pulse and collect ideas around a situation.



  • John Bridenhagen
    May 28, 2021 at 9:32 am

    Thanks the monthly reach out are always beneficial

  • Erica Heffernan
    May 28, 2021 at 12:33 pm

    Thank you for the activities. The activities make me feel “part of ” a communitiy.

  • Rev. Charles Townsen
    May 28, 2021 at 12:45 pm

    This is mostly all new to me. I am the caregiver for my wife, Judy. She has a progressive aphasia disorder. Judy cannot speak at all. Also affected are her swallowing, and hands (shaking and unable to do many tasks). I prepare all meals, help her get dressed and eat and whatever duties become necessary as the disorder progresses.

    I am hoping that, through NAS we can find some ways to improve Judy’s quality of life.

    We do OK and are in our second year of learning. We are involved with a research Grant from the Nantz Alzheimer’s Research program, Dr. Joseph Masdeu of Methodist Hospital and over 20 other hospitals around the country are involved.

    Judy’s aphasia was not brought on by a stroke, Alzheimer’s, brain injury – the cause is among the things being researched.

  • Diane fagin
    June 7, 2021 at 9:37 am

    My husband has PPA for almost 9 years now. He can’t speakCan people with primary progressive aphasia do well with alternative communicative devices similar to the Stephen Hawkins computer?

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