Love, anger, warmth, soothe, connect: words and your ability to chain them into an expression of self is a skill many of us take for granted. When this ability changes, declines and is lost, the ability to connect with others, to describe and be in the word is dramatically changed. This is the case for people living with PPA or Primary Progressive Aphasia.
The results of a pilot program published in the Journal of Communication Disorders on April, 2017, demonstrates how group intervention for PPA patients and their caregivers is having a positive effect.
According to Dr.Regina Jokel, a speech pathologist, language rehabilitation has made progress in managing the disorder, but there have been limited PPA treatment options to date. A 10 week program covers aspects of
Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is neuro degenerative a language disorder. It is distinct and separate to aphasia experience in people after a stroke, brain tumour or trauma. There is a deterioration in brain tissue responsible for speech and language. A person with PPA will often struggle with incorrect word substitutions, mispronounced words and/or difficulty understanding simple words and forgetting names of familiar objects and people. At its most severe a person will have a near inability to speak. Over time a person experiencing PPA their language ability declines before the memory systems. This appears to be in opposite to what a person living with Alzheimer’s disease will experience
The people living with PPA in Australia is considered to be a small population compared to other degenerative neurological conditions. Estimates range from 2- 15 per 100000 people living in the community are living with PPA.
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“New hope for patients with primary progressive aphasia.” ScienceDaily. May 2017. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504083040.htm