Coeli Carr's fine and hopeful article about aphasia does not mention that aphasias from neurodegenerative diseases like frontotemporal degeneration (FTD), also known as Pick's disease, are not susceptible of improvement, though sometimes medication and therapy can slow them down.
My recent memoir, Strange Relation (Paul Dry Books, 2011), recounts my husband's illness with FTD; one of the most striking symptoms early on was reduced speech and comprehension. He is now essentially mute.
The Web site of the Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration has changed; it is now theaftd.org (no longer ftd-picks.org ).
Rachel Hadas, Ph.D.