June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. This is the ideal opportunity for you as a family caregiver to learn more about this condition, how it could impact your aging parent, and what you can do to help them not only cope with the effects of aphasia but also how you can better care for them to support them through this difficulty.
Aphasia is not truly a health issue, but a disorder that tends to stem from brain damage. This language disorder can make it more difficult for your parent to communicate, or to experience and understand communication.
Some things you should know about aphasia during National Aphasia Awareness Month include:
- Approximately 2 million people throughout the United States are currently experiencing aphasia.
- More people are living with aphasia than with many other more commonly recognized conditions including Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, or multiple sclerosis.
- Nearly 85 percent of people have never heard of aphasia.
- Less than 9 percent of people have heard of aphasia, and can correctly identify it as a language disorder.
- Nearly 35 percent of those who report knowing what aphasia is either have the disorder themselves or know someone who does.
- More than 30 percent of people believe that anyone who has a language or communication disorder must also have intellectual difficulties, though this is not the case.
- Approximately 30 percent of stroke cases result in aphasia.
How can home care help?
When your parent is dealing with a health problem or another issue that requires additional support or care, elder care can be a tremendous resource. An elderly home care services provider can be a source of support and assistance not just for your aging parent, but also for you. While helping your parent to cope with their needs and challenges, seek out more activity and independence, and experience an overall higher quality of life, they are also helping you to maintain your own health and well-being.
By knowing your senior has access to a dedicated care provider, you feel more confident not trying to handle everything completely on your own. This allows you to experience lower levels of stress, not feel overwhelmed, and focus more energy and attention on other needs in your life, such as your children, your marriage, your career, and even yourself. This can be a critical step in making sure your parent not only receives the proper care but that their later years are as meaningful and fulfilling as possible.
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