Serving Clients with Progressive Dementias
by Judith Maginnis Kuster - Minnesota State University, Mankato
ASHA supports "the active involvement of speech-language pathologists
in assessing communication skill, providing treatment programs to
facilitate and maintain functional communication, and helping caregivers
understand the communication problems associated with dementia."
(Ferrand, CT and Bloom, RL (1997) Introduction to Organic and Neurogenic Disorders of Communication, Boston: Allyn & Bacon, p. 101). This column highlights general Internet references for professionals and consumers as well as specific resources available for three progressive dementias: Creutzfeldt-Jakob, Huntington's, and Alzheimer's diseases. (Other disorders associated with dementia are listed at here)
The speech-language pathologist can provide resources for caregivers of
persons with dementia.
For patients with non-progressive or slowly progressing dementias, the
Internet may facilitate memories. The internet can
help clinicians as well as caregivers find appropriate materials for
stimulating long-term memory.
- PubMed is the National
Library of Medicine's free search service provideing abstract information
for 9 million citations in MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE. Add +speech or
+dysphagia after the disorders listed above in a keyword search.
Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man Database contains over
150,000 keyword searchable full-text documents on genetically-based
- Medscape's Online Medical Dictionary and Drug Search
helps clarify medical reports and potential side effects of prescribed medication.
CFD is infectious (or inherited), fatal, and causes a rapidly progressing
HD is a hereditary, incurable, degenerative brain disorder that causes
dementia, typically manifesting between the ages of 30-45 and lasting
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Kuster, JM, Serving Clients with Progressive Dementias, ASHA, January/February, 1999, p. 52