Partners in FTD Care #30: When the Conversation Stops — Logopenic Variant Primary Progressive Aphasia
Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects the parts of the brain responsible for speech and language, resulting in the gradual loss of the ability to speak, read, write, or understand what others are saying. Researchers divide PPA into three subtypes, including logopenic variant PPA (lvPPA), which is mainly characterized by difficulty with word-finding, resulting in frequent pauses while speaking. People with lvPPA, however, generally recall the meanings of words, unlike other types of PPA. While knowing the differences between PPA subtypes can be scientifically valuable, families living with PPA are better served receiving support and advice for the road ahead. The case of Tami W. demonstrates how ongoing engagement with knowledgeable professionals can help persons diagnosed with PPA and their care partners adapt to symptoms as they progress, as well as teach them how to cope with related challenges and identify means of support.
Issue #30: Fall 2020: When the Conversation Stops — Logopenic Variant Primary Progressive Aphasia