Understanding the brain disorder affecting Bruce Willis

Understanding the brain disorder affecting Bruce Willis

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  • You may have never heard of aphasia, but the brain disorder is "more common than Parkinson's Disease, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy," and affects some 2 million Americans, according to the National Aphasia Association.
  • It can be difficult for people with aphasia to follow a fast talker, or understand complex sentences and concepts, ASHA said.
  • For those with milder forms of aphasia, treatment can be restorative, using speech therapy to retrain the brain to recognize words and speak and write.
  • According to the National Aphasia Association, a complete recovery from aphasia is unlikely if the symptoms last longer than two or three months after a stroke, but hastens to add that "some people continue to improve over a period of years and even decades."

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