Medical Speech Pathology

Curiosity, Dialogue, and Knowledge

Dementia


A brightly colored picture depicting Alzheimer's Disease in the hippocampus

Primary culture of hippocampal neurons stained for DNA (blue), βIII tubulin (red) and neurofilament NF-H (green).
Alzheimer’s disease

Dementia is one of the most devastating category of diseases that exist.  The number of people who are afflicted with this every year is rising in incidence both in relation to population growth and increased longevity.  Costs for caring for this population will also increase in lock- step as the overall number of people with dementia grows.  Despite all of this, we know only relatively little about this class of diseases.  The following slide show was completed back in 2007 by myself, with assistance from Cindy Woodson, and Suzanne Sprague, and with the oversight of Dr. Kim McCullough.  I presented this slide show to the Arkansas Speech and Hearing Association in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  There are no notes for the slides, and for that I apologize.  But, overall I think there is a lot of good information to take away from the presentation.  Please, take a look at the presentation linked below.

 

ArkSHA 2007 AD Presentation

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2 comments on “Dementia

  1. Lizanne
    February 27, 2014

    More on dementia, please! 20 years ago this wasn’t covered in grad school, so we are learning as we go. I’d love some examples of actual therapeutic activities appropriate for each stage of the Global Deterioration Scale- any insights? Thanks for the great site!

  2. Karen Anderson
    April 26, 2015

    this is a gem of information on therapy. I hope to share it with families with persons newly diagnosed with Some type of memory impairment. Thank you for the nice work and public sharing. K

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