The month of May is Hearing and Speech Month, providing citizens around the nation with a great reason to learn about language difficulties. Since seniors are the highest demographic for both hearing and speech difficulties, caregivers should understand some key information.
For seniors who’ve had strokes, speech communication and recognition can be extremely difficult. The clinical term for this condition is aphasia. Senior caregivers must be on high alert for signs of aphasia in the weeks and months after an older adult suffers a stroke.
Aphasia is also a condition that comes in many varieties. A few of the most common speech forms are:
Anomic aphasia: seniors run into difficulty when trying to name persons, places and things
Common language difficulties with aphasia are:
Helping the Communication Along
For senior caregivers whose loved ones suffer from language problems, communication skills are a must. Here’s how you can help make conversation easier and progressive:
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