What It’s Like Living With Aphasia, Bruce Willis’s Condition
(This includes the lates link to a discussion of frontotemporal dementia diagnosis.)
As you may have already heard and/or read, Bruce Willis has been diagnosed with the condition known as aphasia. What is aphasia?
“Symptoms vary, but generally, aphasia affects people’s ability to speak or comprehend language. Speech, reading, writing, and the ability to listen can be affected. It often occurs suddenly after a stroke or other brain injury damages parts of the brain involved in language expression and comprehension. In other cases, known as primary progressive aphasia, the condition gets worse slowly over time, and patients may develop dementia-like symptoms.” This is a simple to understand comprehensive article that not only provides details regarding the disorder of aphasia but also the social and psychological issues and consequences of living with the condition. The article describes some possible routes to therapy, and importantly, what steps family and friends can take to aid the person experiencing the condition. It is important to note that psychologists as well as speech pathologists are often part of the treatment team working with the individual. This article is a good resource for those considering careers in this field.
Also, there is a link to a video discussion of the latest diagnosis of FrontoTemporal Dementia below.
Time, March 31, 2022, by Tara Law
LINK TO RESOURCE
(Tiny URL) https://tinyurl.com/2p8zpk8v
(Link to a video discussion of FrontoTemporal Dementia)
CLASS DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
•What is aphasia? What are the symptoms and causes?
•What are the possible treatments for aphasia? Is recovery possible?
•Imagine that you are the Psychologist explaining aphasia to the family of Bruce Willis (or anyone who has presented with the disorder? How would you explain the disorder in terms of both brain function and everyday living in the social world?
•From the video link: explain the diagnosis of FrontoTemporal Dementia along with the symptoms that Mr. Willis experiences.