Aphasia Social Hours: March 2021

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This month, join the U-M Aphasia Program (UMAP) for some fun and engaging conversations about St. Patrick’s Day, your culinary skills, and welcoming in Spring! The online social hours are hosted weekly at 4 p.m. (Eastern) each Thursday. They are free, but you must register to get a personalized link to join.

This month we explore the following topics:

  • March 11 – Are you Top Chef material? Or just know your way around frying an egg? This week we talk about your culinary skills. Maybe you’re not great at the stove, but know your way around a takeout menu like no one else. Share a favorite recipe and talk about your culinary skills. Talk about a favorite food you have cooked or eaten at a restaurant. What foods would you never want to eat again?
  • March 18 –  As the saying goes, we could probably all use a little luck of the Irish during March or any other month! Share a St. Patrick’s Day memory, a lucky moment in your life, or how you celebrate this famous Irish holiday.
  • March 25 – The fresh breath of spring is upon us! As spring represents rebirth and renewal, what are you looking forward to as we move into this new season? Let’s talk about your favorite spring activities and how you feel about the change.


When you register, you have the option to sign up for them all or just the weeks you’d like to join in. The social hours provide a much needed-chance to relate and meet with others in the aphasia community. Building confidence and staying social are some of the best things you can do for yourself and loved ones when aphasia is a part of your life.

What to Expect

Each social hour is typically 45-65 minutes long and includes interaction with others with aphasia as well as care partners. It’s a great way to stay social and to practice communication skills in a low-pressure setting. The social hours are free and voluntary sessions, and are not therapy or offered in place of therapy.

New to Zoom or Online Teleconferencing?

Check out our Aphasia-friendly guide to using online meeting software: UMAP’s Guide to Joining Zoom from a Computer

About the U-M Aphasia Program and UCLL

The University Center for Language and Literacy (UCLL) is committed to helping people of all ages find meaningful ways to communicate. UCLL is part of the Mary A. Rackham Institute (MARI) at the University of Michigan. MARI provides high-quality, individualized mental health, neuropsychological testing, and language and literacy services to the community through its service centers, including UCLL, University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF), and University Psychological Clinic.