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Impacts and effects

Information about what it is like to live with aphasia

We communicate in every part of our lives so living with aphasia can be a real challenge – both for people who aphasia and for those around them.

Through communication we make and maintain relationships, we work and learn and we explore and keep in touch with the world. We also understand our past and make plans for our future.

Communication helps us to be a person and to take part in life and all its opportunities.

People with aphasia may find it difficult to

  • take part in a conversation
  • talk in a group or noisy environment
  • read a book or magazine or road sign
  • understand or tell jokes
  • follow the television or radio
  • write a letter or fill in a form
  • use the telephone
  • use numbers and money
  • say their own name or the names of their family
  • express their immediate needs or ideas or words
  • go out

Friends and family living with aphasia may find it hard to:

  • slow down
  • resist finishing sentences
  • adapt the way they communicate
  • keep the conversation going
  • understand what a person is saying
  • know what to do

So aphasia can lead to:

  • isolation
  • problems with relationships
  • anxiety
  • lack of confidence
  • unemployment
  • boredom
  • depression
  • uncertainty
  • embarrassment
  • a different way of life

Living with aphasia brings lots of new challenges – that's where Connect offers help. Because communication is so important to life, work, relationships and leisure, it can be hard to re-connect with life after stroke and aphasia. But guidance from stroke service providers, expert support from others with aphasia and clear accessible information about living with aphasia can help people find a way forward. Find out how Connect can help.