Is Aphasia Treatment Beneficial for the Elderly? A Review of Recent Evidence

Rachel Fabian, Lisa Bunker, Argye E. Hillis

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Purpose of Review: We review recent literature regarding aphasia therapy in the elderly. Relevant articles from the last 5 years were identified to determine whether or not there is evidence to support that various therapeutic approaches can have a positive effect on post-stroke aphasia in the elderly. Recent Findings: There were no studies examining the effects of aphasia therapy specifically in the elderly within the timeframe searched. Therefore, we briefly summarize findings from 50 relevant studies that included large proportions of participants with post-stroke aphasia above the age of 65. A variety of behavioral and neuromodulation therapies are reported. Summary: We found ample evidence suggesting that a variety of behavioral and neuromodulatory therapeutic approaches can benefit elderly individuals with post-stroke aphasia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)478-492
Number of pages15
JournalCurrent Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • Aphasia
  • Elderly
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • Therapy
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)

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