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Aphasia Fast Facts
Aphasia is a neurological condition that makes a person unable to communicate using language. It is usually caused by a health event that results in brain damage, such as a stroke.
About 750,000 strokes occur in the United States each year, and about a third of strokes produce aphasia.
About one million people in the United States suffer from aphasia, and about 180,000 new cases occur each year.
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Some mild cases of aphasia may resolve on their own without treatment. Many cases get better with rehabilitation.
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Aphasia Caregiver Tips
Communicating with someone suffering from aphasia can be frustrating for both parties. To help your loved one (and yourself) to cope, keep these tips in mind:
Limit distractions. Provide a quiet, calm environment, and limit the number of people engaging in conversation with the sufferer. Speak slowly and simply.