December 18 Aphasia Cafe

Aphasia Cafe: Food and Recipes

Prepare to get hungry. (Or eat before the chat!) This time, we’re talking about your favourite foods and recipes. Tell us what you like to eat. Do you go to any restaurants? What do you order when you get there? Or any special family recipes? Tell us about them.

That’s the topic we’re tackling in the next installment of our Aphasia Cafe series. These informal video chats bring the conversation and camaraderie of a face-to-face group into the comfort of your own living room.

All the Details

Everyone is welcome to our video chats, though they are structured specifically for people with aphasia in mind. Our chats are a mixture of people with aphasia, caregivers, and professionals who work with people who have aphasia. We ask that everyone uses aphasia-friendly communication.


The next meeting is on December 18th at noon EST (that’s Eastern Standard Time).


The question we’re discussing: Tell us about your favourite foods or recipes?

Download Zoom

Before the meeting, download Zoom, which is free video chat software for your computer or mobile device. If you’ve never used Zoom, check out our quick guide to installing and using Zoom.

Collect Your Thoughts

Our chats are HUGE (as in lots and lots of people), so let us walk you through the format so you know what to expect.

  • The form below contains a place where you can give a few thoughts you’d like to discuss connected to our meeting topic
  • We choose some answers and create slides so there will be text on the screen that you can read to aid communication
  • During the chat, we’ll ask you to elaborate on your answer while your slide is on the screen
  • Other people can chime in after you speak if they have thoughts they want to add
  • But don’t worry if you just want to listen and not speak. You can do that, too
  • If you DO want to chime in, there are two ways to do that during the chat––use the chat box OR use Zoom’s “raise hand” function. We’ll talk about how to do that in our reminder email and at the beginning of the chat
  • Remember, relax, take your time, and enjoy yourself. You’re in an aphasia-friendly space

Finally… RSVP (Yes, You Need to RSVP Each Time)

Sign up for each chat by filling out the form below. We’ll send you a reminder for the call beforehand along with a link to the meeting. You will not be able to join us without signing up. Sign up is open until Monday, December 16th at 8 am EST (again, Eastern Standard Time).

Still have questions? Send us an email about this chat to We’re happy to help.



  • Tim Winder
    December 5, 2019 at 10:19 am

    On a recent Sunday church service I was amazed to hear my wife singing along with the congregation a well known praise song. She has PPA (primary progressive aphasia, non fluent). She is not able to speak but can understand and communicate words, phrase or even music. After listening to her singing I was overwhelmed with emotional goose bumps, wow! that was amazing. Just like the song”amazing grace”.
    Food, another great way of communication. It brings instant thoughts of memory, tastes, restaurants, travels.
    I’m a caregiver, my wife has PPA. We love food, travel, music and theatre
    Hope to talk , share with all at next food friendly aphasia cafe chat

  • Cathy Dreher
    December 6, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    I first noticed trouble when I was at work on the phone not sure what caused it and it comes and goes it isn’t a constant companion. I noticed it a lot if I haven’t eaten right and am tired. I get frustrated when my husband refuses to even try to understand me and I am not sure how to get him to not keep testing me when I am having that problem. Thinking about it makes me want to cry. I do have more problems when I am stressed. I went on Atkins to lose weight and so I don’t get to enjoy my favorite food often but have found different ways to enjoy food that is low carb the cider marinated roast is one I sure can enjoy. I also like liver and onions I know a lot of people are probably saying gross but it is something I love and a local restaurant makes it great and that is The Monroe Hotel. When my husband I travel we try to find local restaurants to go to and we always try the fresh fish if they carry it.

  • Anonymous
    December 11, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I’m very concerned about my brother’s PPA

  • Jane goldberg
    December 11, 2019 at 9:19 am

    I’m very concerned about my brother’s PPA

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