Hi all, my Dad (78 - previously very fit and well) had a big stoke in November 2020 with severe aphasia as a result, and suspected dyspraxia.
His speech is now limited to yes and no, but he doesn't always use those consistently. We think he understands the majority of what we're saying, as long as we move slowly between changes of topic etc. He responds to lots of straightforward things - e.g. can you pass the water, do you want a cuppa etc.) We don't think he can read much - he will flick through the newspaper (which he used to spend a long time reading) but doesn't seem to read any/much. We've tried a communication app and some communication board type pictures which he doesn't seem to engage much with. We've tried using thumbs up/down but he hasn't initiated this though he will sometimes respond when we do it. The last month of so he has much less energy and seems to be engaging a bit less in conversation - and we think it's probably related to some depression and the sheer frustration of not making progress when he does try to communicate. Sometimes he'll want to say something and unless it's on topic we try to narrow down potential topics to get to it, and it's almost never possible as it could be anything! Does anyone have ideas of different ways of communicating that have been helpful?
Dad's hobbies were mainly studying and reading and academic type pursuits. He doesn't really enjoy the TV. We've started on some dementia-friendly puzzles that he is engaging with which is great. Does anyone have other ideas around new hobbies he could try - when limited by speech and reading ability? Things like TV, radio aren't so good as he can't follow them. We'd love to have things he could engage himself in and spend his time on - that would be fulfilling.
Sorry super long post - but would be great to get any advice from others who have gone through something similar.