Alzheimer’s and Dementia
Is your loved one having memory troubles? Were they recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia?
Stay connected with them despite the challenges through speech therapy.
Give Them the Support They Need
There are several types of dementia (including Alzheimer’s) but most of them are known to get worse overtime. Speaking with them may turn difficult as they will have a hard time understanding you and expressing themselves.
If you’d like to support your loved one through their troubles, and help them…
maintain a level of independence for longer
improve their memory recall
remember key information
reconnect with you and family members
eat and drink more safely
What is Dementia?
The effects of dementia also include memory loss and decline of cognitive abilities. These can include even simple tasks such as remembering when to take their medicine.
Communication skills are also affected as the individuals with dementia may find it hard to express themselves. Understanding what other people are saying may become difficult as well. Other effects such as depression and anxiety may also contribute to unexpected behaviors.
Is there a cure for dementia?
There is no absolute cure for dementia, but there are many ways to help a loved one deal with its symptoms. Speech therapy can help in many ways, and it covers the scope of cognitive improvements that is crucial for the long-term.
Dementia and Speech Therapy
It is well-known that dementia affects memory, but it also affects other mental skills such as focus and problem solving. One of the ways to help these cognitive deficits is to create books to help jog their memory, and to get them involved in brain activities.
As dementia progresses, you and your loved one may have a hard time understanding each other. Speech therapy can assist your loved one into using different techniques to help find words to say, and other communication tips. Your speech-language pathologist can also extend guidance to you and the family to learn more about how you can talk to them better.
Your speech therapist can also help with eating, drinking and swallowing activities. In severe cases of dementia, Food and drink may become difficult to swallow for people with dementia. This disorder is also known as dysphagia. Swallowing therapy can help your loved one stay safe as they eat food and recommend new dietary habits to ease swallowing
How Apheleia Speech Therapy Can Help
Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist