MAYWOOD, N.J. — The Adler Aphasia Center, a key resource for aphasia patients in the state, is offering a support group for caregivers of aphasia supports at its Maywood office.
The Free Caregiver Support Group, led by an experienced life coach, meets 7-9 p.m. the second Monday of each month at the center office at 60 West Hunter Ave.
Founded by Mike and Elaine Adler in 2003, the center now has 100 members with aphasia and 40 caregivers.
The couple started the center for patients, their loved ones, healthcare professionals, researchers, and community partners after Mike Adler had a stroke in 1993.
Aphasia is the loss of the ability to speak or understand verbal and/or written language.
According to the Mayo Clinic, the condition is triggered suddenly by a stroke or head injury or slowly from a growing brain tumor or progressive, degenerative disease. The severity of the patient’s impairment is related to where and how the brain damage came about.
Typically, aphasia is treated with language and speech therapy. Patients, who can be aided by a variety of tech devices, also learn alternative ways to communicate.
The Adler center understands the issues and questions that an aphasia diagnosis causes for friends and families, too, and offers the support group to address them.
All caregivers are welcome to the group, whether or not the person with aphasia participates at the center. For more information and to register, call 201-368-8585.
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