Navigating the Grocery Store

Aphasia Snapshot: Navigating the Grocery Store

A simple trip to the grocery store contains a lot of words. It begins with writing a list. Then there are labels to read and store signs to navigate. Finally, you end the trip with a conversation with the cashier. Grocery delivery services and self-checkout have made things a little easier, but this is still a task that some find easy and others find daunting.

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.



  • Cynthia Pearson
    June 7, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Thank you for the opportunity Aphasia Chat.
    I would like to return to public schools even at a different position like paraprofessional role. I want them that aphasia is not my intellect but language/speech changes. But, I have some people who have different speaking language then English. I believe with my aphasia level should not stop my desire and abilities. I wonder how employers know about Equal Employment Opportunity reasonable accommodations.

  • Narelle
    June 7, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    I have been diagnosed with aphasia since September 2017 after suffering a minor t.i.a followed by a stroke two weeks after witch left me with no speech I was 40, with my birthday being next month as I remember wishing in my mind to get my voice back for my birthday and I did get my wish.
    It’s been a long lonely path since then for me trying to wrap my mind around…well…’my mind’ and the way it works now I find extremely challenging I find my brain has no routine and I feel somewhat stuck and it seems like groundhog day. I wonder if this will fade or only get more noticeable as I am only still quite young (so people say).
    I have not been into shopping centres in a long time as it’s justvso overwhelming too many people too many signs and things to look at it is too much anxiety

  • Lyn
    June 7, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    Hi my name is Lyn and I do live in residential care and live with FTD diagnosis approx 6 years ago but 2 yrs ago also PPA , I am living well and able to be involved out in the community, but my PPA is declining and am have trouble coming to terms with it , and find my frustration levels have really increased. I do go to the supermarket maybe once a week , but with sensory problems as well , I find it challenging and people are too busy to stop an listen if I have a question , and I feel embarrassed at the checkout as I am so slow

  • Phyllis Wilson
    June 8, 2021 at 7:51 am

    I am the caregiver to my husband, who is a 100% disabled veteran due to agent orange/Parkinsons disease and recently acquired aphasia “victim.” This has been a very difficult transition for each of us but far more difficult for him. My background is in education and have had training in speech therapy while NOT taking on the role of speech therapist with my husband, just as an observer and ocassional comment. What should be our major approach to attack this?

  • Rev. Charles Townsen
    June 28, 2021 at 11:02 am

    We do our grocery shopping once weekly. It is our day “out.” My wife, the patient, no longer drives and, of course, does not speak at all, The agreement is that she does not handle anything in a glass container because of the affect of the disorder on her hands (shaking and strength). She still chooses the groceries we need which gives her usefulness and participation.

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