Improving the lives of people with aphasia and their families

 
 
 
   
 

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There are agencies that specifically support carers who are looking after family members with disabilities or health issues:

  1. Carers SA Australia
    Carer Support and Respite Centre provides a wide range of services to carers supporting them to balance their health and wellbeing while caring for a loved one.
    http://www.carers-sa.asn.au/

  2. Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres are information centres for older people, people with disabilities and those who provide care and services. Centres provide free and confidential information on community aged care, disability and other support services available locally, interstate or anywhere within Australia. SA has centres in Bowden, Fullarton, Murray Bridge and Port Augusta.

    SA site:  http://www.carelinksa.asn.au/
    National site:  http://www9.health.gov.au/ccsd/


  3. Carer Support provide various services designed to make it easier for carers to care.

        http://www.carersupport.org.au/

Don’t try to resolve aphasia’s dilemmas alone.

You are not alone. Seek out other families who are also dealing with the challenges of life with aphasia. You can contact:

  • The Talkback Association for Aphasia
  • Your local Talkback group.

Be aware that people with aphasia are more at risk of feeling low or developing depression at some stage during their recovery. Seek help if you are concerned.

And finally

Aphasia won’t go away. For a few people, their aphasia recovers within the first few days or weeks, but for most people, aphasia may improve, although continues to be present to some degree. Recovery from aphasia is usually quickest in the first 3 months but may continue for years after. There is no specific cut-off time where speech and communication recovery plateaus, as new pathways in the brain are being set down constantly. Be inspired by this and don’t give up.

Even if aphasia is very mild it can affect how people communicate and how they feel about themselves. Aphasia may always be there but communication and life can improve.

Understand aphasia and how you can manage it together. The Talkback Association has books, brochures and DVDs you can borrow if you are a member. Click here to become a member.

Talkback has some useful books and booklets specifically for carers and families such as:

  • Living with Aphasia - A Carer’s Guide
  • Talking about Friends – A resource to help friends and family of people who have difficulty with words and language (aphasia).
  • Caring & Coping - Advice, tips and guidance for relatives and friends caring for a person with aphasia
  • Having a stroke being a parent
  • When Granny couldn’t speak – a short story for children – a great way to explain aphasia to children
  • My Mum had a stroke – a short story for older children – a great way to explain aphasia to older children.

              

Check out our collection of books that you can borrow from the Talkback Association here.

References:

Coping with Aphasia – Jon G Lyon (1998) Singular Publishing Group

Talking about Friends (2006) Talkback Association for Aphasia Inc and University of South Australia.

The Australian Aphasia Guide (2006). Angela Berens et al. Australian Aphasia Association.

Living with Aphasia – a Guide for Carers  (2010) Speech Pathology Deptartment of Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital WA.


Resources
There are many books and DVD's which may be useful for family, friends and carers to help journey through life with aphasia.

 
     
     
     
 
  Telephoning: 08 8443 5555 The Talkback Association for Aphasia Inc.
302 South Road, Hilton.
South Australia, 5033
talkback@aphasia.asn.au