Apha­sia get to­gether

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A fes­tive morn­ing tea and the chance for dis­cus­sion about the fu­ture is be­ing held for Ro­torua peo­ple with apha­sia.

Aphasianz and the Stroke Foun­da­tion are hold­ing a free Christ­mas morn­ing tea on Wed­nes­day at 10.30am at the Stroke Foun­da­tion of­fice, 17 Mar­guerita St. Apha­sia af­fects a per­son’s abil­ity to ex­press and un­der­stand writ­ten and spo­ken lan­guage.

Cen­tral North Is­land com­mu­nity apha­sia ad­viser Melinda Dakin says the aim of the morn­ing tea is to try and get the com­mu­nity of peo­ple with apha­sia in Ro­torua to­gether.

“Apha­sia is quite an iso­lat­ing dis­or­der be­cause it af­fects how you com­mu­ni­cate.”

Apha­sia can hap­pen sud­denly af­ter a stroke or head in­jury or de­velop slowly from a grow­ing brain tu­mour or dis­ease.

Once the un­der­ly­ing cause is treated, the main treat­ment for apha­sia is speech ther­apy.

Melinda says the morn­ing tea is for peo­ple with apha­sia, as well as their wha¯ nau and care­givers.

She en­cour­ages peo­ple with apha­sia to go along to the Christ­mas morn­ing tea and have a con­ver­sa­tion with Aphasianz about what sup­port they would like to see in Ro­torua.

“I am re­ally look­ing for­ward to meet­ing the peo­ple in Ro­torua with apha­sia we haven’t come into con­tact with be­fore.”

The Apha­sia New Zealand (Aphasianz) Char­i­ta­ble Trust is a na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion and reg­is­tered char­ity.

Melinda says Aphasianz pro­vides sup­port for peo­ple with apha­sia, and runs com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tion to raise aware­ness around what apha­sia is and how peo­ple can help oth­ers who have apha­sia.

Across the coun­try last month, Aphasianz ran 22 groups pro­vid­ing sup­port for peo­ple with apha­sia. Aphasianz also pro­vides home vis­its.

Photo / Sup­plied

Peo­ple in an Aphasianz Korero Club meet­ing in Ma­nurewa, South Auck­land.

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