Some people have speech and language problems after a
stroke. These problems may involve any or all aspects
of language use, such as speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the
spoken word. Speech and language problems (aphasia) usually occur when a stroke
affects the right side of the body. Trouble communicating can be very
frustrating. When you talk to someone who has had a stroke, be patient,
understanding, and supportive.
The following are tips for helping
someone who has speech and language problems:
Measures that reduce the chances of stroke are the same as those for avoiding a heart attack. Adopt habits that promote cardiovascular health and deter atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). The essentials of a healthy lifestyle include a balanced diet; controlling weight; monitoring blood pressure and cholesterol levels; limiting alcohol; and not smoking.
A few other tips to prevent stroke:
Get appropriate medical treatment of atrial fibrillation. This heart arrhythmia can increase the...
slowly and simply in a normal tone of voice. People who have speech and
language problems are not deaf.
Give him or her adequate time to
Focus on what the person is
saying, not how he or she is saying it.
Don't fill in with a word
or sentence unless you are asked.
Ask the person to rephrase or
repeat something if you do not understand.
Put the person—not the
Limit conversations to small
groups or one on one. Large group conversations may be difficult for your loved
one to follow.
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
March 12, 2014
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