Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is different from aphasia associated with strokes or other acquired brain injuries. As its name “progressive” indicates, the signs and symptoms worsen over time instead of improving or remaining stable, as they do with aphasia caused by a stroke. Over time the person with PPA loses the ability to produce words and sentences and to understand what is being said.
It is a type of frontotemporal dementia and, like all dementias, eventually affects memory and thinking skills. The Hope and Stroke Aphasia Support Group welcomes people with PPA and their family members. For more information on PPA and organizations that support research and persons with PPA please visit the National Institutes of Health website.
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