February 12 Aphasia Cafe

Aphasia Cafe: 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 where we can pool ideas together and make life better.

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 February 12th at noon EST (that’s Eastern Standard Time).


The question we’re discussing: Tips for navigating the grocery store.

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, February 10th at 8 AM EST (again, Eastern Standard Time).

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



  • Margaret Tumas
    January 15, 2020 at 1:58 pm

    Will hope can that my computer works 🙂

  • Lorraine
    January 19, 2020 at 12:34 pm

    I have to learn consistency and how to make it look appetizing.

  • Kay Johnson
    February 13, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    Sorry to say we missed the Video Chat, still learning how to navigate such things. Is there a way to recap or recover the conversation and get the navigation information.

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