June is Aphasia Awareness Month. The National Aphasia Association says that over 2 million people in the U.S. have aphasia, but only 67.8% of Americans have ever heard the term aphasia. Unfortunately, this is due to the nature of the disorder. Aphasia is a disorder that affects how you communicate. It can impact your speech, as well as the way you write and understand both spoken… Read More »Aphasia: A Communication Disorder
Stroke is a serious medical condition that occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted or reduced. It can cause permanent brain damage or even death. However, there are several things you can do to help prevent a stroke. The best way to help prevent a stroke is to eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and avoid smoking and drinking too much alcohol.… Read More »Stroke Prevention Tips
If you are looking for a way to improve your cognitive function and prevent dementia, you may want to consider the MIND diet. The MIND diet stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay and it combines elements of two well-known healthy diets: the Mediterranean diet and the DASH diet. The MIND diet was developed by researchers who wanted to create a dietary pattern that focuses… Read More »The MIND Diet for Better Brain Health
Dementia is a heartbreaking condition that can rob individuals of the ability to communicate and connect with their loved ones. One important treatment method for individuals with dementia is speech language pathology, a field that focuses on the assessment and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders. Speech Care at Home has over 10 years of experience working with folks experiencing mild, moderate, and late-stage dementia.… Read More »How can Speech-Language Pathology help with Dementia?
As a speech-language pathologist who works with seniors and their families, I garner great joy in talking about cognitive wellness. It’s wonderful to see how folks light up when you tell them yes – there actually are actions you can take to optimize and prolong your brain health! Taking control of your own cognitive wellness can start in the kitchen. Here are some tips for… Read More »How to Eat for Better Brain Health – January 2023 Edition
What is Speech Therapy? Speech therapy, also known as speech-language pathology, is a health service that can help people improve their voice, speech, and language skills. Additionally, this type of therapy can also help retrain a person to properly swallow in the event that a stroke (or similar medical condition) has impaired it. Speech therapists, or speech-language pathologists (SLPs) are especially trained to provide this… Read More »Does Medicare Cover Speech Therapy?
Speech-language pathologists’ scope of practice includes treatment of swallowing difficulties, known as dysphagia. As a result, a large part of a Speech-language pathologist’s time includes educating clients and their families on dysphagia and techniques to minimize potential adverse consequences. These adverse conditions may include malnutrition, dehydration, weight loss, and aspiration pneumonia. It is quite common for clients and their families to have little or no… Read More »Aspiration Pneumonia
Over 50 million people worldwide are living with dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is believed to contribute to 60-80% of these cases. In the United States, an estimated 6.2 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Despite the alarming statistics, there is still much confusion surrounding dementia. So what is it? Dementia is not a disease, but a syndrome that results from an acquired brain disease. It… Read More »What is Dementia
Transportation service across the Tampa Bay Area for Senior Citizens and those with Disabilities Securing transportation for appointments and personal business can be a daunting task for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities. Luckily, Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco County have each developed a system for providing transportation services to residents in need. Here is some information that may come in handy for yourself or a… Read More »Transportation Resources