Managing the Long-Term Communication and Memory Consequences of Dementia Speech-language pathologists providing services in home health and long-term care settings face particular challenges when it comes to managing the communication and memory consequences associated with dementing illnesses. A high percentage of nursing home residents have some degree of dementia stemming from a variety of causes, including, but not limited ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 1999
Managing the Long-Term Communication and Memory Consequences of Dementia
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  • John D. Tonkovich
    Private Practice, Shelby Township, MI
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Article   |   December 01, 1999
Managing the Long-Term Communication and Memory Consequences of Dementia
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 1999, Vol. 9, 9-14. doi:10.1044/nnsld9.5.9
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 1999, Vol. 9, 9-14. doi:10.1044/nnsld9.5.9
Speech-language pathologists providing services in home health and long-term care settings face particular challenges when it comes to managing the communication and memory consequences associated with dementing illnesses. A high percentage of nursing home residents have some degree of dementia stemming from a variety of causes, including, but not limited to, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and multiple cerebral infarcts.
The role of the speech-language pathologist in managing these communication and memory disorders is difficult for several reasons. First, there is a paucity of information about the efficacy of speech-language pathology interventions with dementing conditions. Eager, well-intentioned clinicians often attempt to provide reasonably intensive direct treatment activities to individuals with dementia, with little to no measurable progress. In fact, the clinical literature is practically devoid of speech-language methodologies for dementia that have withstood tests of rigorous scientific scrutiny.
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