Q. My father is in his late 60s and has been experiencing aphasia after a stroke. He is currently participating in speech therapy, but... is there anything I can personally do to help with his recovery?
A. Aphasia can be a challenging and frustrating condition associated with difficulty with communication. It can involve both auditory comprehension and verbal expression. The levels of aphasia can differ, so it is important to understand at what level your loved one is understanding you and expressing himself. One of the best ways you can help a loved one dealing with aphasia is to be patient and supportive. It can be very frustrating for both you and your father.