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Lost for Words A disease called primary progressive aphasia gradually robs people of their language skills while leaving their minds intact. Unlike other aphasias (language impairments) caused by trauma or stroke, PPA is degenerative: It gets worse, slowly and inexorably. But unlike other degenerative conditions, like Alzheimer’s dementia, it leaves most of a patient’s mental […]

We get up on the dance floor and try to synchronize our bodies to the rhythm of the music. The toe taps, wrist flicks, and questionable twerking are transformed into a graceful physical performance. The brain is able to orchestrate these movements, signaling our joints when and how to move. There are several neural mechanisms […]

A message from the National Stroke Association: This May, get involved in stroke awareness for National Stroke Awareness Month. Not only is stroke the fifth leading cause of death, but also a leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. According to research, less than one third of people can recognize more than one stroke […]

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America and a leading cause of adult disability. Yet, research shows that too few people know what a stroke is and how to recognize when stroke is happening. Learn more about stroke, how to prevent a stroke from happening to you, and how learning the signs […]

The VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and Geriatric Research Education Clinical Center will be hosting the PIRATE Aphasia Education and Advocacy Summit this summer for persons with aphasia along with their caregivers and family members. Interested professionals are also welcome to attend. The conference will be held at the Pittsburgh VA on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 […]

Monday, March 7, 2016 CENTENNIAL, CO—National Stroke Association has appointed veteran nonprofit leader Robyn Moore as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Moore brings more than 20 years of experience in the nonprofit healthcare industry to the only nonprofit dedicated 100 percent to stroke. Moore most recently was chief development officer at the Alzheimer’s Association of Colorado […]

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) not caused by a heart valve problem is a type of irregular heartbeat that was estimated to affect approximately 6.4 million people in the U.S. in 2014. AFib not caused by a heart valve problem puts people at a 5 times greater risk for stroke. The Bristol-Myers Squibb and Pfizer Alliance is […]

There are millions who suffer from stroke related aphasia, but no effective drug-based treatments exist. This amazing, music-based therapy will give them hope for recovery… Melodic Intonation Therapy could hold the secret for helping those suffering from aphasia. Aphasia is a condition that affects the brain, and leads to problems with language and in particular […]

Montana resident Jerri Thueson had a stroke two years ago when she was 49. It affected her right side and her ability to speak. “I could barely make a whole sentence,” she said. Thueson went to speech therapy and found other ways to tell people what she was thinking or what she needed. She practiced […]

Here is Aphasia Hope Foundation’s upcoming Professional Forum Series for 2016: January – Audrey Holland, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS February – Kristine Lundgren, Sc.D. March – Nan Musson, MA, CCC-SLP; BC-ANCDS, VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL April – Maura English Silverman, MS, CCC-SLP; Communication Coach, North Carolina May – Mary Beth Clark, MS/CCC; Luther Midelfort, Eau […]