This is the MAAC Care Partner/Caregiver Aphasia Support Group. We will meet monthly on Thursdays after the second Monday. This will be a safe place to meet care partners/caregivers, share their stories (successes and struggles), and information.
When communicating with a person with aphasia please keep in mind that they may have difficulty finding the words to say what they want to communicate. They may also, have difficulty understanding what others are saying. This is not a loss of intelligence but, a loss of language. Some tips for communicating with a person with aphasia are:
Speak slowly, keeping language clear and simple using a normal tone of voice.
Give the person time to speak and formulate their thoughts. Give them time to take in what you say and time to respond.
Use short sentences, gestures, and body language to help get your message across.
Use pictures or drawings to convey your message. Writing down key words can also, be helpful (some people with aphasia may have trouble reading and writing).
Ask questions that require a yes or no answer, giving plenty of time to formula their thoughts and answers. Ask if they understand what was said and repeat if necessary.
Reduce background noise and other distractions.
Ask if your help is needed before interrupting. If you are having trouble understanding, let them know and try again.
Karen R. Cohen, Speech/Language Pathologist at the MossRehab Aphasia Center, discusses aphasia and reviews tips and techniques for making conversations more inclusive.
Aphasia Caregiver Guide (NAA)
What is a Caregiver?
Adler Aphasia Center - For more information about our caregiver program and support groups, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aphasia & stroke don't only happen to the person who is afflicted... it also happens to everyone in their lives.
Caregiver Support Group
A place of encouragement and safety, Caregiver Support Group members share challenges and provide mutual support to one another. Meetings may also include presentations or discussions about care for the caregiver, stress management, financial/life planning, local resources and more.
Meetings are at 6 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. The group meets virtually.
RSVP/Questions: email@example.com or 610-778-9252
Please join the Virtual Connections Caregiver Group. Use this link, https://www.aphasia.com/aphasia-library/caregiver/caregiver-support-group-finder/, to Virtual Connections then Browse the sessions.