News Release, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital

Leonardtown, Maryland (June 10, 2019)– In honor of National Aphasia Awareness Month, MedStar St. Mary’s Hospitalwill offer free information sessions from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25 and Thursday, June 27 to help educate individuals about the communication disorder.

Aphasiais anacquired condition that impairs a person’s ability to process language, but does not affect intelligence. Themost common cause of aphasia is stroke, though it can also result from head injury, a brain tumor, or other neurological causes.

Individuals with aphasia often have difficulty reading, writing, speaking, and/or understanding language. Approximately 2 million Americans are affected by the disorder.

“Many people do not understand that aphasia is a loss of language, not a loss of intelligence,” said Anna Decker, MS, CCC-SLP, speech language pathologist at MedStar St. Mary’s. “There are strategies available to help those impacted improve their communication, and we hope to help families by sharing these resources.”

Interested individuals may stop by The Blue Heron Café at MedStar St. Mary’s between noon and 1 p.m. June 25 and June 27.A speech language pathologist will discuss how to help those affected by aphasia. To learn more about the disorder and strategies for improvement, visit call 301-475-6062.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...