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What is Dysphasia?

Alzheimer's disease is a physical disease affecting the brain. During the course of the disease, 'plaques' and 'tangles' develop in the structure of the brain, leading to the death of brain cells.

Alzheimer's is a progressive disease, which means that gradually, over time, more parts of the brain are damaged leading to more severe symptoms.

Symptoms of Dysphasia


People with dysphasia may have difficulty talking, understanding, listening, writing or doing numeral calculations. They may be mildly or severely affected. Everyday tasks, such as shopping or answering the phone, may be impossible.

People with the condition can think clearly and know what they're feeling, and their intellect is maintained. They're often mistakenly thought to be drunk or mentally confused.

Avoiding the causes of brain injury that may result in dysphasia is important. For example, not smoking and keeping blood pressure at a safe level will reduce the risk of stroke.


The brain damage that results in dysphasia is often caused by a stroke, when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted.

Infection and inflammation, head injury or a brain tumour may also damage the brain in this way.





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Over time varying degrees of improvement occur. Many people adapt to their situation and develop coping mechanisms.

Speech therapy can help to improve communication. Techniques such as talking slowly and repeating things, using gestures or drawings, and avoiding noisy areas can help.

Emotional support for the individual and their carers should always be available.

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