Counter Dad's Speech Loss with Extra Time and Caring
Posted Dec 11 2012 12:00am
Dear Carol: My
dad had a severe stroke last month. He’s home now and in a wheelchair. What I
find the most difficult to deal with is his speech. He’s getting therapy but he
gets so frustrated that I hate to put him through the effort of speaking. Also,
he has what the therapist calls aphasia, so he can’t always remember what
objects are called. That, of course, frustrates him horribly because when he
does manage to get a word out, it’s often the wrong word for what he wants.
What can I do to help? Laura
Losing our ability to communicate our needs to others causes immense emotional
pain, both to people directly affected and the people who love them. I can
relate to your situation because my uncle had aphasia after a series of
strokes. To this day, his frustration over getting the smallest point across
remains strong in my memories of him.