Primary Progressive Aphasia
Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is a neurological condition which progressively impairs language capabilities. It is a result of damage to the brain cells responsible for speech and language.
PPA almost always results in a total inability to speak, write and to understand the spoken or written word, even though all other behaviour can be normal. Unlike those with Alzheimer’s disease, most people living with PPA are able to take care of themselves and pursue their hobbies.
However, the distressing symptoms of this disease mean that people living with PPA need to develop new, non-verbal communication strategies – help in doing so can be obtained from speech-therapists.