Leonardtown, Maryland (June 22, 2016) – June is National Aphasia Awareness Month and MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital will be offering information sessions Tuesday, June 28, and Thursday, June 30, to help educate individuals about the communication disorder, which affects approximately 2 million Americans.
Aphasia is an acquired condition that impairs a person’s ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence. The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, however, it can also result from head injury, brain tumor or other neurological causes. Many people with aphasia have Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Individuals with aphasia often have difficulty reading, writing, speaking or understanding.
Individuals who are interested in learning more about aphasia and strategies to communicate with people who have aphasia, may stop by the hospital’s Atrium, which is located next to the Café at Buena Vista, between noon and 1 p.m. June 28 or 30. A speech language pathologist will be available to offer information and interested individuals may also sign up for an aphasia support group.
Visit MedStarStMarys.org for more information about aphasia.