Day Kimball Healthcare Offers Free Lecture on Language Disorder Known As Aphasia

PUTNAM, CT – Day Kimball Healthcare is hosting a free lecture about Identifying and Living with Aphasia on Thursday, July 15, 2010 from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in Day Kimball Hospital’s private dining room on the main floor. The public is invited to attend this informative discussion and enjoy a light dinner.

Aphasia is an acquired language disorder in which there is an impairment of any language modality, such as difficulty in producing or comprehending spoken or written language. According to the National Aphasia Association, the most common cause of aphasia is stroke which occurs in 25-40% of stroke survivors. The disorder can also result from head injury, brain tumor or other neurological causes. Aphasia affects about one million Americans, or 1 in 250 people, and is more common than Parkinson's disease, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. More than 100,000 Americans acquire the disorder each year.

Prominent local neurologist, Dr. Grazyna Pomorska, and speech/language pathologists JoAnne Lambert and Erin Wilson, will speak about how to identify this disorder and manage communication throughout the recovery process.

“This is an important topic that many people seek to learn more information about,” said Dan Marcotte, director of physical medicine. “Helping the community learn about aphasia and how to manage it will help improve the quality of life for those who are experiencing the disorder.”

Speech/Language Pathology Department utilizes state-of-the-art services to provide comprehensive speech and language diagnostic evaluations and intervention, for children and adults. Services are provided in all areas of communication including, oral motor, speech articulation, learning/language differences, written language, voice, fluency and augmentative/alternative communication as well as feeding/swallowing disorders.

For more information and to register for the lecture, please contact Day Kimball’s Physical Medicine Department at (860) 928-6541 x2259.