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Aphasia is a communication disability that is caused by damage to the language processing centres of the brain, most commonly through stroke. It can affect the ability to speak, read, write and understand what’s being said and is a very frustrating and isolating condition. Aphasia can be mild or severe, depending on the type and extent of damage to the brain.

It is one of the most enduring consequences of stroke and can be the most difficult to overcome.

Depression and low self-esteem are regular side-effects of the condition and stress upon family members is great. An estimated 110,000 strokes occur every year in the UK and there are an estimated 900,000 stroke survivors living in England. Research shows that 33% of stroke survivors experience difficulties with communication. There are between 250,000 and 300,000 people in the UK with aphasia.

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