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PPA Resource & Discussion Group

PPA group during Pets on Wheels visit Summer 2023

The PPA Resource and Discussion Group was started in 2015 by a speech-language pathologist and a spouse of a person with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) to serve people affected by the syndrome, including their care partners and professionals who treat them. 

The group meets monthly at the Loyola Clinical Centers in Belvedere Square which is in Baltimore nearest Towson. The option to join the group sessions on Zoom is possible as group members are from across the state. Meetings are monthly on Wednesdays from 1-2:30pm. 

The group’s vision is to develop a strong, sustainable support network for people affected by PPA. The group strives to gather and share current information about the disease and other community resources with the people who need it most. This is accomplished through expert guest speakers, open discussions, and materials that are shared regularly at the meetings and through an email list.  

The second purpose of the group is to assist care partners to cope with challenges, make positive changes and add to their support network. This is done through monthly peer support and by providing contact information to interested group members to facilitate gatherings or electronic meetings with others to share concerns and solutions.  

Finally, the group works to provide the members with PPA the opportunity to engage in enjoyable group communication facilitated by graduate students in speech-language pathology who have been trained in supported conversation techniques. 

If you are a person who has PPA, a loved one or professional who supports a person who has PPA, and you are interested in attending this free resource and discussion group, please email Theresa Alexander to request to have your email address added to the group list.