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ADLER APHASIA CENTER OPENS A NEW LOCATION IN OCEAN COUNTY

Toms River, NJ The Adler Aphasia Center, a non-profit organization founded in 2003 and based in Maywood and West Orange, NJ that offers innovative post-rehabilitative therapeutic programming addressing the long-term needs of people with aphasia and their families, will launch a new program in Toms River on January 6, 2020 at the Church of Grace and Peace, 1563 Old Freehold Road. The full service program for stroke and brain trauma survivors living with aphasia will be facilitated by a licensed speech language pathologist and brain injury specialist.

Aphasia is a language disorder that results from damage to the brain, most frequently caused by stroke. Nearly 40% of all stroke survivors have aphasia – an estimated 70,000 people in New Jersey alone, according to a report by the NJ State Aphasia Study Commission. Of these, the report found over 90% are depressed, feeling frustrated and socially isolated by their inability to communicate effectively with others. Yet, just 2% participate in long-term rehabilitation programs, despite the fact that aphasia has been shown to improve incrementally over time with the appropriate therapeutic supports.

“The demand for our program was borne from a rapidly growing aphasia communication group in Toms River that has been operational for 4 years addressing an overall gap in services for long term aphasia rehabilitation,” says Chantelle Walker, President and CEO of the Adler Aphasia Center. “Our Board of Directors are committed to enriching the lives of people with aphasia, their families and communities through innovative programming and an expansion of our research-based methodology in Ocean County.”

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The program will meet twice a week, Monday and Wednesday from 10 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. beginning January 6, 2020. Healthcare professionals or people living with aphasia, and their families, who are interested in learning more about the Adler Aphasia Center – Toms River, should contact Brianna Rein, Program Director at 862-239-7274 or brein@adleraphasiacenter.org.

Adler Aphasia Center, a non-profit organization with three full service facilities based in Maywood, West Orange and Toms River, NJ and eleven Aphasia Communication Groups located throughout the state, is an innovative post-rehabilitative therapeutic program that addresses the long-term needs of people with aphasia and their families. Aphasia is a communication disorder that impairs the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading and writing. It occurs most often from a stroke or other brain injury. It affects a person’s ability to communicate, but not his or her intellect. This communication disorder affects 40% of all stroke and brain trauma survivors. The Center is considered the world leader in long-term, post-rehab community-based care for people with aphasia. With 2.5 million people diagnosed with aphasia in the U.S., the Center is the only one of its kind in NJ, an area with an estimated 70,000 people living with aphasia. For more information about the Center’s programs and services in Maywood, West Orange, or Toms River, NJ, or for information about the Center’s Aphasia Communication Groups in Belvidere, Bridgewater, Haddonfield, Hammonton, Maywood, Monroe, Morristown, North Bergen, Scotch Plains and two groups in Toms River, NJ, visit their website at www.adleraphasiacenter.org or call 201.368.8585.

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About Adler Aphasia Center

Adler Aphasia Center, a non-profit organization with three full service facilities based in Maywood, West Orange and Toms River, NJ, is an innovative post-rehabilitative therapeutic program that addresses the long-term needs of people with aphasia and their families. Aphasia is a communication disorder caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury and affects 40% of these survivors. Adler Aphasia Center is the only center of its kind in NJ, an area with an estimated 70,000 people living with aphasia. It is estimated that 2.5 million people live with aphasia in the US. The Center is considered the world leader in long-term, post-rehab community-based care for people with aphasia. The Center also offers bi-monthly Aphasia Communication Groups in Belvidere, Bridgewater, Haddonfield, Hammonton, Maywood, Monroe, Morristown, North Bergen, Scotch Plains and two groups in Toms River, NJ. The Center’s programs and activities are facilitated by speech-language pathologists and healthcare professionals who share the primary goals of enhancing the communication skills of its members and providing opportunities for social and peer support, while building members’ self-esteem and confidence. Caregiver needs are addressed through weekly caregiver support groups. Training and educational programs are offered to healthcare professionals, consumers, educators, students, speech-language pathologists and others interested in improving the quality of life for those affected by aphasia. The Center is also actively engaged in research efforts that examine the impact of its programs. Founded in 2003 by Elaine and Mike Adler, its mission is simple: to provide help for those living with aphasia and their caregivers and to expand awareness and knowledge of aphasia.

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