Wisconsin Family Shares PPA Journey, Adjusting to COVID-19

PPA Zorn family

Since Wayne Zorn was diagnosed with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) six years ago, he and his wife CeCelia have remained determined to continue the activities that are close and meaningful to them both. But the COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for the Zorns, as well as for other Eau Claire residents with aphasia.

In an article that highlights the difficulties of living with aphasia during this time of increased social isolation, the Zorns share how their quality of life has been impacted by the pandemic. The article shares Wayne’s journey and emphasizes how despite his diagnosis, the retired couple has made an effort to continue to bike and camp, as well as learn skills to help retain his language abilities.

“Maintaining the highest quality of life as possible simply makes us happier,” CeCelia told the Leader-Telegram. “Learning new things is stimulating. Contributing to others’ and the community’s well-being is essential and satisfying.”

CeCelia also shares how the couple has adapted to the pandemic, which has resulted in limited visitations with family, friends, and community support networks. The Zorns’ difficulties are echoed by members of a local support group who share different aspects of their own journeys with aphasia and ways the community is adjusting during this time.

You can read the article here.

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