August 26th Aphasia Cafe Chat

Aphasia Cafe: New Hobbies

People have been home more this spring due to COVID-19, and they’re spending this home time starting new hobbies. For example, my living room has transformed into an indoor herb garden, even though I didn’t have any plants in the house prior to stay-at-home orders. The plants are a result of my new gardening hobby.

We want to hear which hobbies you’ve started in the last few months, or which hobbies you’d love to begin. 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 August 26th at noon ET (that’s Eastern Time).


The topic we’re discussing: What new hobbies have you added?

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, August 24th at 8 am ET (again, Eastern Time).

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



  • Margaret Tumas
    July 21, 2020 at 10:39 am

    No comment about hobbie

  • July 27, 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Thank you Chad and Melissa for your work on the Aphasia Cafe. Do you remember what the term was for immediate intense therapy following a stroke/.

  • Stan Pulver
    July 29, 2020 at 11:41 am

    My time is spent doing my exercise and running the home no time for Hobbies.

  • Thomas Wilson
    August 13, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    It is hard during a pandemic to have had a stroke and old(I will be 67 in October) Looking forward to what you have to say! I don’t like to wear a mask But I do for YOU! Life is good! The glass has to0 be looked at as half full not half empty!!!!!!!!!!! STAY SAFE!

  • MB Veerabhadrappa
    September 23, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    I did not get the login link to join the noon time chat meeting.

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