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Who Gets Aphasia?

The most common cause of aphasia is stroke and approximately 25–40 percent of stroke survivors have aphasia. Other potential causes include brain tumors, head injuries, infections, and other neurological conditions that damage the brain.

While aphasia is most common among older people, it can occur in people of all ages, races, nationalities, and genders.

Aphasia Statistics for the United States — Current

Chart depicting the current aphasia statistics for the United States

Causes of Aphasia

Stroke: 85%
Other than stroke: 15%

  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Brain tumors
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Medical procedures

Aphasia Statistics for the United States — Projected

Projected Aphasia Statistics for the United States

Reasons for Rising Incidence and Prevalence of Aphasia

  • The U.S. population is increasing and aging.
  • Because stroke incidence doubles with each decade of life after age 55, the ranks of population in stroke-prone age categories are swelling.
  • Stroke survival rates are improving due to faster emergency response times and better procedures for acute intervention.
  • New medications and maintenance regimens are extending stroke survivors’ lifespans.