Aphasia means the stroke survivor has problems understanding language and speaking. He or she may be unable to find the right words or put sentences together.
Not all strokes cause aphasia.
Left-sided stroke: Aphasia and language apraxia: The left side of the brain controls the ability to speak and understand language in most people.
About 20 percent of stroke survivors have a loss of speech and language. This means your loved one's brain may have problems with:
Just because your loved one has problems using language, doesn't mean he or she can't think clearly. Most people know what they want to say, they just have trouble putting their thoughts into words. It's like when you have a word "on the tip of your tongue."
Some people with aphasia:
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