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June is National Aphasia Awareness Month

By Jonathan Marsh, Owner of Home Helpers of Bradenton

Aphasia Awareness | Senior Home Care | Home Helpers Bradenton FL

Hi, Fellow Community Members!

As you may recall, last month (May 2016) was Stroke Awareness month.  We posted a couple blogs pertaining to stroke, with a key notion contained in both: every stroke victim is impacted differently.  In other words, each is unique.

May is Stroke Awareness Month

http://www.homehelpershomecare.com/bradenton/blog/2016/05/may-is-stroke-awareness-month

May is Stroke Awareness Month - Create a Caring Partnership

http://www.homehelpershomecare.com/bradenton/blog/2016/05/may-is-stroke-awareness-month-create-a-caring-partnership

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month

June 2016 is National Aphasia Awareness Month. As a senior home care agency owner, I want to continue to educate myself and our community on Stroke Recovery as well as Aphasia.

Aphasia is a condition that is very common in stroke victims.  According to the National Aphasia Association (NAA), “aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person's ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence. Aphasia impairs the ability to speak and understand others.”  Aphasia is caused by damage to the brain that may be a result of stroke or other causes such as a brain tumor, brain injury, or an infection.  The brain damage typically is on the left frontal lobe of the brain that controls speech and language.  In addition, other abilities such as reading, writing, and listening may be impacted.  There may also be other symptoms such as problems with swallowing or clumsiness.  It is important to note that aphasia has no impact on intelligence, despite common misconceptions that there may be a cognitive issue due to a person’s difficulty in communicating.  Rather, it affects a person’s connection to or ability to access their thoughts and ideas through language.

We encourage you to read the list of techniques you can use to communicate better with a person with aphasia, such as reducing the rate of your speech or encouraging the person to use writing, drawing, or gestures.   The list was created by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and is towards the bottom of the webpage at the following link.

http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Aphasia/

Knowing just a little about aphasia can go a long way in positively affecting the lives of an individual living with aphasia.  Being aware of the symptoms of aphasia helps us to ensure for our clients a positive experience with our Home Helpers staff, especially our caregivers.

Yours truly,

Jonathan Marsh

Jonathan Marsh Owner Home Helpers of Bradenton

Thanks for reading our blog.  At Home Helpers of Bradenton, we look to not only make life easier but to also make a difference in our clients’ lives.  It is truly an honor to have an opportunity to work with members of our community and we take the trust bestowed to us very seriously.

Contact Home Helpers of Bradenton FL for your Stroke Recovery Care Needs

For information about how Home Helpers of Bradenton can serve you and your family, call 941-999-1960, email JMarsh@HomeHelpersHomeCare.com or visit Stroke Recovery Care Bradenton FL - Home Helpers. Our senior home care services including homemaker care, companion care, personal care, Alzheimer's and dementia care, respite care, 24 hour care & live-in care, and monitoring and medical alert services are available in Manatee County and Sarasota County in and around the communities of Anna Maria, Bradenton, Bradenton Beach, Ellenton, Holmes Beach, Lakewood Ranch, Longboat Key, Myakka City, Palmetto, Parrish, and Sarasota.  Our main office is located at 4230 59th St W, Ste C, Bradenton, FL 34209.

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