There are a number of different types of aphasia, which affect people in different ways.
The most common types of aphasia are:
- Broca's aphasia
- Wernick's aphasia
- Anomic aphasia
Wernicke's aphasia (fluent aphasia)
Primary progressive aphasia (PPA)
Primary progressive aphasia (PPA) is a condition where language capabilities become slowly and progressively worse, leading to a gradual loss of the ability to:
- understand what other people are saying.
Deterioration can happen slowly, over a period of years. Other mental functions such as memory, reasoning, insight and judgement are not usually affected.
It's important to get an accurate diagnosis for PPA. This is to rule out other degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer's disease where language and memory and reason are affected.