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Aphasia

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Aphasia is a condition that decreases the ability to speak, read, write, or understand others. Aphasia can be a short-term or long-term problem. Some people recover without treatment. Most people with aphasia need speech-language therapy.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Medical alert identification:

Medical alert jewelry or cards can let others know the person has aphasia. Ask your healthcare provider where to get medical alert identification.

Communication:

The person may be frustrated when he tries to communicate. Speech-language therapy can teach him to speak slowly, use simple sentences, and avoid background noise.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • The communication problems are getting worse.
  • The person is depressed and the feelings do not go away.
  • You have questions or concerns about the person's condition or care.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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