senate resolution no.56

Senators Bayer, Wojno, McCann, Alexander, Polehanki, McMorrow, Ananich, Hertel, Bullock, Irwin, Moss, Brinks, Santana, Geiss, Johnson, Theis, Outman, Runestad, Victory, Lucido, Daley and Hollier offered the following resolution:

A resolution to recognize June 2019 as Aphasia Awareness Month.

Whereas, Aphasia is defined as an impairment of language, affecting the production and/or comprehension of speech and the ability to read and/or write; and

Whereas, It causes individuals to have trouble speaking, understanding others, and the inability to process long words and infrequently used words; and

Whereas, The National Aphasia Association estimates that aphasia affects nearly two million Americans, with roughly 180,000 Americans developing the disorder each year; and

Whereas, The most common cause of aphasia is stroke, with 15 percent of individuals under the age of 65 experiencing aphasia after their first ischemic stroke, and 43 percent of individuals over the age of 85. Other causes include head injury, brain tumor, or other neurological issues; and

Whereas, There are three types of aphasia, including Wernicke’s Aphasia, Broca’s Aphasia, and Global Aphasia. All three types vary in severity and symptoms, but can leave a patient feeling frustrated and isolated; and

Whereas, Aphasia not only takes a physical toll, but can also take an emotional one as patients can feel trapped in their own mind as they struggle to express themselves and speak with their friends and family; and

Whereas, If the symptoms of aphasia last longer than three months after a stroke, many individuals never completely recover. However, with continued rehabilitation and support some patients can continue to improve over the years and even decades; and

Whereas, The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association seek to increase aphasia awareness throughout the month of June by sharing communication tips, informing about the effects of having aphasia, and further educating people on aphasia itself; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate, That the members of this legislative body recognize June 2019 as Aphasia Awareness Month; and be it further

Resolved, That we commend The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association for their continued work in educating individuals during Aphasia Awareness Month; and be it further.

Resolved, That we urge key entities to continue to improve patient care, prioritize new research, provide ongoing education to health professionals, and raise public awareness about the severity of aphasia.