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stages of aphasia

By Anonymous February 11, 2015 - 4:08am
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my father is 62 and has aphasia. he hasnt had astroke or an brain injury. he has had this for 6yrs now. he cant communicate. doesnt understand anything. acts like a toddler and has now started having tantrums , resulting in myself getting a black eye at the wkend. i am the eldest daughter at 40, my sisters 30 and 28 and she still lives at home with mum and dad. we need to no how much worse the violence is going to get as we are worried about our mothers saftey. my father has never been a violent man only ever loving , so this is heart breacking for all of us .he is under southampton hospital. but we have been left to deal with dad and have had no help or guidance as to what the stages are and when it becomes dangerous. we are having to keep our children from him now which is heart breaking for mum .can u help , any advice would be great .

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Hello Anonymous,

Welcome to EmpowHER and thank you for reaching out to us with your situation. I can appreciate how helpless your family must feel and the extreme concern you have for both of your parents.

Anonymous, I don't think your father's main issue is aphasia. Aphasia is a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control language and presents as difficulty with communication. It is common among people who have had a stroke, but brain tumors, infections, injuries, and dementia can also cause it.

Has your father been evaluated by a neurologist? Has dementia or Alzheimer's disease been suggested? I think you need to consult a neurologist or physician who specializes in aging adult health. It sounds like your father's behavior might be linked to age related changes in the brain. With a proper diagnosis, you and your family can be counseled to seek proper support services and treatment options.


February 11, 2015 - 9:36am
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