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PAUL’S FAVORITES: Electronic Dictionary From Paul Berger: I have a Franklin Speaking Language Master Electronic Dictionary and Thesaurus that is more than 15 years old. I use this sturdy, compact dictionary to understand words in the newspaper, books, or work instructions. I type in the word and search on definitions, synonyms, and the thesaurus, by […]

Coping and Support

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Losing the ability to communicate is distressing and incredibly frustrating. Friends and family members can make communication easier by: 1. Paying close attention to the affected person 2. Giving feedback about the need for clarification 3. Providing more time for communication 4. Confirming information 5. Keeping statements relatively brief 6. Supplementing speech with gestures

This from National Stroke Association: Treatment alone is not always enough to fight depression. A variety of practical management strategies can help fight depression and other difficult emotions. If depression is left untreated and unmanaged, it can worsen a number of other common post-stroke conditions such as malnutrition, incontinence, pain, fatigue and sleep issues. Depressive […]

The truth and scary thing about strokes is that they can happen to anyone. People young and old, of any race, and of any nationality or ethnicity can potentially suffer a stroke. Nevertheless, like many other health conditions there are things we can do to try and lower our risk of suffering a stroke. In […]

7 Questions to Ask Your Speech Language Pathologist About Aphasia, an article/blog for Blog @VerbalApp posted by Mike Park on 9.13.13 Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) are often involved in treating patients who have suffered strokes, Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs), and other neurological diseases. Their job is to help patients regain and/or compensate for any communicative […]

Coping with Aphasia – When You Need to Find New Ways to Communicate, an Article by Joan F. Peters, Esq., Executive Director of National Aphasia Association. This article appeared in the Safe Alert Store’s website. When I tell people I work for the National Aphasia Association, I usually get a blank look. Then, when I […]

STEPHANIE’S TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS: Stepping Back A stroke has a way of magnifying personality traits in the caregiver as well as the survivor. My need for control was pumped up, possibly because our lives felt like they were spinning out of control. I looked for ways to exercise
control. One way was learning everything I could […]

Stroke Cents Facts and Tips  A recent study found that men with increased levels of lycopene were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke. Lycopene can be found in tomatoes as well as watermelon, pink grapefruit and guava.  Thirty minutes of moderate exercise every day can reduce the risk of stroke by […]

Coping Strategies

Author: Mayo Clinic’s website has great information for the aphasia community and their caregivers, please go to their website at: If you have aphasia, the following tips may help you communicate with others: Carry a card explaining that you have aphasia. Carry paper and pencils or pens with you at all times. Use […]


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