Supporting people with aphasia after stroke

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About Aphasia

About 150,000 people in Britain have a stroke each year.  About a third of these people will haveaphasia.  There are more than 350,000 people living withaphasia in the UK.

Aphasia is a language and communication disorder.  It can affect a person's ability to understand speech, speak, read, write and use numbers.  It affects each person differently, depending on the cause and severity of the stroke.

Aphasia has a sudden and profound effect on a person’s life, making many everyday tasks difficult.  Reading a newspaper, making a phone-call, using the internet, talking to family and friends, sending a text message – almost everything we do relies on language and communication.

Aphasia impacts on confidence, personal relationships, employment and social life.  It can lead to frustration, isolation and depression.