Discourse Markers of Alzheimer's Disease Versus Normal Advanced Aging This investigation was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health (AG09486). The author is indebted to H. K. Ulatowska for her valuable role as a mentor. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of language and communication breakdown in adult neurogenic populations. Moreover, language ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 1997
Discourse Markers of Alzheimer's Disease Versus Normal Advanced Aging
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  • Sandra Bond Chapman
    Brain Research and Treatment Center at Callier University of Texas-Dallas
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Article   |   December 01, 1997
Discourse Markers of Alzheimer's Disease Versus Normal Advanced Aging
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 1997, Vol. 7, 20-26. doi:10.1044/nnsld7.4.20
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 1997, Vol. 7, 20-26. doi:10.1044/nnsld7.4.20
This investigation was supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging/National Institutes of Health (AG09486). The author is indebted to H. K. Ulatowska for her valuable role as a mentor.
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the leading cause of language and communication breakdown in adult neurogenic populations. Moreover, language disturbance is an early symptom of the disease onset (Bayles, 1982; Bayles, Boone, Tomoeda, Slauson, & Kaszniak, 1989). These facts, coupled with the evidence that individuals with AD reach out to communicate even after the words are lost and the ideas are gone, mandate that our profession of speech-language pathology take a leading role in the management of this population (Hamilton, 1994). Our role involves active participation in early detection, referrals for medical care, behavioral interventions to maintain functional communication as the disease progresses, and evaluations of intervention effectiveness, whether the interventions involve behavioral, environmental, pharmacological, and/or caregiver training.
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