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Aphasia is a disorder caused by damage to the areas of the brain that control language. It is usually caused by a stroke or head injury, and leads to communication problems such as difficulty with talking, understanding, writing or using numbers.
Even everyday tasks can become impossible, such as making telephone calls, shopping, or having a conversation. A common misconception is that the person with aphasia is losing their intelligence, which can also be very distressing and frustrating, for them and their family.
There are around 250,000 people with aphasia in the UK, and many of them are under the age of 65.