Dementia & Spousal Caregiver Health

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by Heather Jeng

Earlier this month, I had a long conversation with a client’s wife. She was struggling with guilt and sadness about having moved her husband into long-term care after his needs became too great for her to manage at home. At the same time, though, she admitted that she felt “healthier than I have in years.” It makes intuitive sense that caregiver burden, especially for elderly caregivers, affects one’s own health. But I wondered about the specifics of how this plays out. So for Research Tuesday this month, I did some digging about the health impact of being a spousal caregiver to a person with dementia.

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Culture Change is a Clinical Skill, Too

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Imagination is the highest form of research.

-Albert Einstein

by Heather Jeng

At SLPs in the SNF, we’re always pretty excited about research, and reading other people’s Research Tuesday blogs, and (when we don’t procrastinate too much!) writing our own Research Tuesday blogs. But today we are super-excited. This article is amazing, and we think all y’all need to read it just so we have people to talk to about it with!

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Predictors of Speech Outcomes in Parkinson’s Patients with Deep Brain Stimulation

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By Heather Jeng

Usually, we SLPs in the SNF find ourselves reading clinical research within the field of speech-language pathology. This month, we’re taking an interdisciplinary perspective by checking out what some of our neurosurgeon & neuroscience colleagues have been focusing on regarding deep brain stimulation (DBS) and speech intelligibility.

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Cognitive Intervention with Individuals with Dementia: Linking Strategies to Targets

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By Nikki Kneale

It is estimated that by 2050 up to 16 million Americans will be living with dementia. This does not mean that this is solely a problem for the future. In a 2013 survey by ASHA, cognitive communication ranked second in percentage of caseload make-up; specifically, cognitive communication for dementia ranked 3rd (ASHA, 2013). There are a number of strategies SLPs working with residents who have dementia can use, each with their own small but growing body of evidence. So, which treatment strategy is a therapist to use? How do we know which one is best?  Continue reading