Donate to Aphasia Research, Patient Care and Education

Aphasia is a language disorder that diminishes the ability to produce intelligible speech. Aphasia often results from a stroke or head injury, leaving a patient less able to speak, understand, read or write. People with aphasia may be frustrated and confused when it occurs; it becomes difficult to understand others’ speech, and even harder to produce speech that others understand. For example, someone with aphasia may say “cup two two table,” where they meant to say, “there are two cups on the table.” Often, aphasia patients does not know that their utterances are hard to understand.

The four main categories of aphasia are:

  • Expressive aphasia: trouble with speaking or writing
  • Receptive aphasia: hindered ability to read and understand others’ speech
  • Amnesia aphasia: difficulty finding the right words or names for things
  • Global aphasia: total loss of communication skills and inability to follow directions

Aphasia comes in two other forms: Wernicke’s (or fluent) aphasia and Broca’s (or non-fluent) aphasia. Persons with Wernicke’s aphasia may produce relatively fluent and intelligible sentences; however, their language makes little sense due to errors, revisions, false-starts, as well as using made-up words and numerous idioms. Persons with Broca’s aphasia may speak in short, understandable phrases, but labor to find many small words, leaving their speech unconnected, slow, and ungrammatical.

Though scientists have yet to find a way to cure for the disorder, neurologists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital employ state-of-the-art treatments to make aphasia less debilitating. Trained staff perform:

  • Neurocritical care
  • Neurosurgery
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Interventional Neuroradiology
  • Neurological rehabilitation

In addition, Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s speech therapy teams guide aphasia patient through individualized treatment plans, enabling them to communicate with their loved ones again.

What is more, Northwestern Medicine Aphasia Center offers rehabilitation in communication-based activities, including cooking, fitness, technology, music, and more. The Aphasia center makes a difference in hundreds of lives each year with the support of Northwestern’s generous sponsors.

Aphasia Research, Patient Care and Education Donation

With 180,000 new cases each year, finding a cure and better care for aphasia patients is more urgent than ever. Your donation to aphasia through Northwestern Memorial Foundation helps Northwestern’s skilled neurologists and speech-language pathologists provide world-class treatment for those affected by aphasia. Your contribution will go to further vital research in the neurology of and possible cures to aphasia. Further,  your financial backing enables Northwestern’s caring professionals to maintain and enhance the level of care treatment and support that stroke and aphasia patients need. Help Northwestern Medicine conduct breakthrough research on aphasia.

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