Speech therapy following a stroke:
While the ability to effectively communicate is extremely important at every age, for seniors it is crucial. It is important for a senior to be able to clearly describe what they need, how they are feeling, or what is wrong, or it can quickly turn into an emergency situation.
Speech therapy is often necessary following a stroke. This kind of language problem is called aphasia, a communication disorder which impairs a person’s ability to use and to comprehend language. Every year more than 700,000 people in the United States experience a stroke. One fourth of stroke survivors will have aphasia and need rehabilitation. It is entirely possible to recover normal speech following a stroke, particularly if therapy starts right away. When the symptoms last longer than six months, it is less likely the senior will recover completely.
Treatment for seniors after a stroke may include a variety of strategies and techniques. Some of these could be: art therapy, melodic intonation or singing words they cannot say, group therapy and support groups, and visual speech perception therapy in which one associates words with pictures.
Speech therapy for seniors is often very effective in dealing with speech and language difficulties after a stroke. You’ll find more here: Speech therapy at Lincolnshire Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center.