Aphasia is one of those conditions you can't hide for long. You can say, "I'm having a senior moment," but when you say it all the time and you're a stroke survivor, you have to come to terms that it may likely be aphasia.
Here's a quick rundown of the 2 million people, in the US alone, who have lost all, or part, of the ability to use words to communicate:
- Aphasia is an impairment of language that can affect both the production and comprehension of speech and impair a person’s ability to read and/or write.
- Aphasia is always caused by an injury to the brain.
- Stroke is the most common cause of brain injury that leads to aphasia.
- Other brain injuries from head trauma, infections, or tumors can also cause aphasia.
- Aphasia can be mild and only affect a single aspect of language OR it can be so severe that is incredibly difficult to communicate with the patient.
- Most commonly, multiple aspects of communication are impaired.
- Some people can recover from aphasia, but if they have it longer than 2 or 3 months it is unlikely they will recover.
Aphasia is defined as an impairment language caused by an injury to the brain, usually due to stroke, but it could happen from any type of brain injury.