Aphasia Awareness Open House in Cambridge



Aphasia Awareness Open House

On Wednesday, March 7th, 2012, Stroke Recovery Canada®, a program of March of Dimes Canada will be holding an open house about Aphasia Awareness.

Interested guests are invited to Preston Mennonite Church at 791 Concession Rd, in Cambridge to learn about a variety of topics related to aphasia, including what the communication disorder is, how Supported Conversation works, and how to improve communication with loved ones living with aphasia. The event will be presented by Heather Hosten, MSLP, Reg. CASLPRO, Speech Language Pathologist.
About twenty percent of stroke survivors will have aphasia; or an estimated 40,000 people in Ontario alone.  Aphasia is the result of damaged brain tissue after a stroke.  The condition causes communication challenges, but is not a sign of reduced intelligence.

People with aphasia may have problems speaking, understanding speech, using numbers or reading and writing. These difficulties can range from mild to severe in nature.  Aphasia does not affect the ability to think, reason, or understand. Rather, people with aphasia know what they want to say, but have trouble putting their thoughts into words.

The event is being held as part of March of Dimes’ Linking Survivors with Survivors program. Linking Survivors with Survivors is a volunteer-driven project connecting new stroke survivors with individuals who have already made successful recoveries from stroke.

Through hospital visits, community involvement and peer support groups, new stroke survivors benefit from mentorship and gain a better understanding about their own path of stroke recovery.

Linking Survivors with Survivors is a joint initiative of the following Stroke Recovery Canada Chapters/Associations: Kitchener Waterloo, North Wellington, Guelph Wellington, and Cambridge and District, in partnership with Grand River Hospital Stroke Centre and South Regional Stroke Network. It is funded through the Waterloo-Wellington Local Health Integration Network.

Parking is free and refreshments will be served after the event.  RSVP is required by March 5th.  Please contact Doug Martin by calling 1-519-653-6804 or by emailing dkmartin@execulink.com

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