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Khans & Aphasia Center

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Transformative Gift Assisting Patients With Aphasia

Charles (Charlie) Kahn, Jr. and his wife, Barbara, have long supported and advocated for a wide variety of Jefferson Einstein and MossRehab programs. Nowhere is their touch more evident or had a greater impact than at MossRehab’s Aphasia Center.

“We first learned about the Aphasia Center at a MossRehab event from a special guest speaker,” recalls Kahn. “Both Barbara and I were immediately struck by the life-changing work they were doing with patients who were working to overcome the effects of this little-known disorder.”

The Kahns have always had a great affinity toward Jefferson Einstein and MossRehab. One might say it is a “family tradition” as Kahn followed in the footsteps of his father, Charles Kahn, Sr., who served on the board of the Jewish Hospital, on which Jefferson Einstein was founded. Kahn, Jr. went on to serve on the board of the Lucien Moss Home for Tuberculosis Incurables of the Jewish Faith, the predecessor of MossRehab, and continued his active support throughout the years helping to shape MossRehab as it now exists.

Over the years the Kahns became close to many patients and staff at MossRehab, particularly at the Aphasia Center.

“We are so impressed with the staff at the Aphasia Center and their efforts to help the patients,” says Charlie. “Patients are experiencing real breakthroughs due to groundbreaking treatments. The results are inspiring."

Charlie Kahn, Jr.

The Aphasia Activity Center offers post-therapy services and lifelong learning opportunities using a social model of rehabilitation. Participants engage in supported conversation activities to practice communication skills affected by aphasia. Activities like the Constance Sheerr Kittner Conversation Café, Talking Book Club, and Computer Lab significantly enhance the quality of life for individuals with aphasia.

Aphasia, resulting from trauma to the left side of the brain caused by stroke, brain tumors, injury, or disease, impairs spoken and written communication.

The MossRehab Aphasia Center, established in 1996, addresses long-term communication and psycho-social needs. It provides information, peer support, groups, classes, research, and advanced clinical treatments.

To make these services accessible, the Charles Kahn, Jr. and Barbara R. Kahn Scholarship Fund was created. The fund covers the nominal fee charged by the Aphasia Activity Center, allowing patients with limited means to access the services.

By reducing social isolation, the programs supported by the Kahn Scholarship Fund enhance the quality of life for individuals with aphasia.

The MossRehab Aphasia Center pioneered life-long learning and social interactions for aphasia patients. Generous donors like the Kahns support these services, recognizing their transformative impact.

The Kahns' support ensures accessibility to these vital programs, facilitating individuals' assimilation into daily life. Their generosity enables the continued provision of services to those in need.