June is Aphasia Awareness Month, but many have likely never heard of this progressive and degenerative communication disorder that can affect speech and language, both verbal and written.
Aphasia typically results after a brain injury, such as a stroke, head trauma, or tumor, causing brain cell damage to the areas of the brain responsible for speech (left side) and/or communication (right side) as well as body control on either the left or right hand side of the body. Here are six facts about Aphasia…
1. Aphasia Prevalence
Statistics indicate that there are currently around 2 million individuals in the U.S. living with aphasia. An additional 180,000 will develop the communicative disorder each year.
According to research from the National Aphasia Association, aphasia is more prevalent than Muscular Dystrophy, Cerebral Palsy, and Parkinson’s Disease, even though many of us aren’t familiar with the condition.