Your elderly father suffered a stroke and is back home recuperating. But now dad is having trouble speaking and understanding what you’re saying. His inability to communicate has reached a point you’re worried about his health and wellbeing. What should you do? Many older Americans have a medical condition known as aphasia, which interferes with their ability to speak, read, write and understand language. Getting your message across when an elderly parent has difficulty communicating is possible when taking these steps.

What is Aphasia?

Aphasia occurs when specific regions of the brain that produce and process language get damaged. According to the National Aphasia Association, over one million Americans have aphasia; a majority of which are over the age of 55.

Sudden-onset aphasia can be caused by:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Brain surgery

Gradual-onset aphasia typically results from:

The severity of aphasia symptoms varies from patient to patient depending upon which area of the