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Word Recall

by Julie Carlson
(Lake Orion, Michigan)

Question: My mom had a small stroke last fall, and it affected her word recall, especially under stress. Her conversation is normal, but she cannot recall some words. For example, she can draw a fork, and she can point to a fork, but if you ask her what the object is, she cannot say fork. She also has poor short term memory and has a hard time remembering her phone number, the city she lives in, etc.

She is done with speech therapy, and she seems to have stalled on her rehab. She is often frustrated, and we'd like to help her. What kinds of exercises or games would help her?

Answer: I would see about getting her a tablet and using some of the many aphasia apps. Here is a website that lists various aphasia apps:

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