By Laura Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health


Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the comprehension or production of speech.  It can also affect the ability to read or write.  Aphasia is always due to an injury to the brain.  The most common cause of aphasia is due to a stroke, particularly in older individuals.  However, brain injuries resulting in aphasia may also arise from head trauma, brain tumors or from infections.


Some cases of aphasia may be so severe as to make communication with the patient almost impossible, or it can be very mild.  Aphasia may affect a single aspect of language use, such as the ability to retrieve the names of objects, the ability to string words together into sentences, and even the ability to read.  More commonly, multiple aspects of communication are impaired while some channels remain accessible for a limited exchange of information.


There are many reasons elderly people may turn to alcohol or drugs in later life. Children grow up and leave home. It becomes necessary to give up a job or move to a smaller home. Friends grow fewer and farther apart. Physical health fails. A partner of many years gets ill or dies. The very real difficulties of aging can easily pile up and impel seniors toward alcohol or drugs. A person may have even had a problem for a long time that has continued to get worse over the years. The National Council on Addiction and Drug Dependence reports some dramatic statistics:

Aging isn’t easy, but taking care of your body as it changes throughout your life is important, no matter what stage of life you are in. Make sure that you are moving your body in ways that are comfortable, a few times a week.


Why are we focusing on these tips this month, you ask? Because April is Physical Wellness Month and we want to share with you ways that you can ensure you are doing everything you can to take the best care of your body. Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to your body.

By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health


Social Workers stand up for millions of people every day. These include people who are experiencing devastating illnesses and mental health crisis, our veterans, children, families and communities. Yet, many people still misunderstand who social workers are and the invaluable contributions they bring to society.


The primary mission of the Social Work profession is to enhance well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, especially the most vulnerable in society.

By Linda Lauzon, Park Ridge Health Home Health

Have you turned down a chance to go out with family or friends because you were concerned about falling? Have you cut down on a favorite activity because you might fall? People who experience a fear of falling often limit their physical activities, which can result in loss of strength, reduced muscle tone and balance problems, making the risk of falling greater.

Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans? Falls are costly, in dollars and in quality of life. However, falling is not an inevitable part of aging. Through practical lifestyle adjustments, evidence-based programs and community partnerships, the number of falls among seniors can be reduced substantially.