Maywood, N.J. — The Adler Aphasia Center, a non-profit organization that offers innovative post-rehabilitative therapeutic programming addressing the long-term needs of people with aphasia and their families, will benefit from the generosity of the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and Benjamin Moore who will provide a holiday makeover of the Center’s flagship location in Maywood.

“The Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood serves 85 people with aphasia and 100 volunteers in a large space that will benefit greatly from a fresh coat of paint,” says Chantelle Walker, President and CEO.  “We continue to be inspired by the generosity of our community, the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office and our corporate partner, Benjamin Moore. The Sheriff’s Office has graciously offered to provide the labor to paint the Center – a project which will take the better part of a week to complete.”

Aphasia is a language disorder that results from damage to the brain, most frequently caused by stroke. Nearly 40% of all stroke survivors have aphasia — an estimated 70,000 people in New Jersey alone — according to a report by the NJ State Aphasia Study Commission. Of these, the report found over 90% are depressed, feeling frustrated and socially isolated by their inability to communicate effectively with others. Yet, just 2% participate in long-term rehabilitation programs, despite the fact that aphasia has been shown to improve incrementally over time with the appropriate therapeutic supports.

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“The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office is always proud to lend a hand, especially to organizations committed to serving others. When the BCSO Community Release Center was contacted by about this project, it was a ‘no-brainer’ given the outstanding work done each and every day by the Adler Aphasia Center. The Sheriff’s Office was glad to partner on this project and it is my hope to continue growing meaningful opportunities for the benefit of both the inmates in our work release program and the greater-Bergen County community,” says Sheriff Anthony Cureton.

About Benjamin Moore

Founded in 1883, Benjamin Moore is North America’s favorite paint, color and coatings brand. A leading manufacturer of premium quality residential and commercial coatings, Benjamin Moore maintains a relentless commitment to innovation and sustainable manufacturing practices. The portfolio spans the brand’s flagship paint lines including Aura®, Regal® SelectCENTURY®Ultra Spec®Natura® and ben®. Benjamin Moore is renowned for its expansive color portfolio, offering consumers and designer more than 3,500 colors. Benjamin Moore paints are available exclusively from its more than 5,000 locally owned and operated paint and decorating retailers.

Bergen County Sheriff’s Office

The Bergen County Sheriff's Office is the largest law enforcement agency in Bergen County. Comprised of more than 600 dedicated personnel, the Office's responsibilities include a broad range of services and functions which assist the public, augment the county's municipal police departments, and safeguard Bergen's judicial proceedings. The Sheriff's Office is a 24-hour operation staffed by some of the best and most well-trained officers and civilians working in the field of law enforcement today.

Adler Aphasia Center

Adler Aphasia Center, a non-profit organization with three full service facilities based in Maywood and West Orange, NJ and eleven Aphasia Communication Groups located throughout the state, is an innovative post-rehabilitative therapeutic program that addresses the long-term needs of people with aphasia and their families.  Aphasia is a communication disorder that impairs the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading and writing. It occurs most often from a stroke or other brain injury. It affects a person’s ability to communicate, but not his or her intellect.This communication disorder affects 40% of all stroke and brain trauma survivors.  The Center is considered the world leader in long-term, post-rehab community-based care for people with aphasia. With 2.5 million people diagnosed with aphasia in the U.S., the Center is the only one of its kind in New Jersey, an area with an estimated 70,000 people living with aphasia. For more information about the Center’s programs and services in Maywood, West Orange, or Toms River, or for information about the Center’s Aphasia Communication Groups in Belvidere, Bridgewater, Haddonfield, Hammonton, Maywood, Monroe, Morristown, North Bergen, Scotch Plains and two groups in Toms River, visit their website atwww.adleraphasiacenter.org or call 201.368.8585.