AFTD Webinar: Maximizing Communication, Maintaining Connection — Person-Centered Care for PPA

Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a clinical neurodegenerative dementia syndrome, which can be caused by Alzheimer’s disease or frontotemporal degeneration. The progressive loss of language experienced by those with PPA negatively impacts communication and quality of life.

In this webinar, guest presenters Dr. Darby Morhardt and Dr. Emily Rogalski of Northwestern University describe clinical features of PPA, its progression, and impact on everyday life. The webinar also includes an overview of the neurodegenerative etiologies and provide person- and family-centered approaches to maximize communication, connection, and quality of life among persons living with PPA and their caregivers over the course of the illness.


  • List at least two symptoms common to PPA.
  • Recognize three practical ways these symptoms impact communication between a person with PPA and a caregiver.
  • Describe three effective person- and family-centered approaches to maximize communication and minimize frustration.

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