Changes in speech, language, memory, and swallowing can occur because of illness or due to changes associated with aging. The goal of speech therapy is to increase functional communication, cognitive skills and maximize the safety of swallowing. For seniors especially, the ability to communicate effectively and maintain safety with swallowing function are key to allowing for the greatest degree of independence possible.
Communication is the Key
Speech therapy allows a person to maintain effective communication and maintain safety in a variety of situations.
Our speech therapists (also known as speech-language pathologists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive communication, voice, and swallowing. Speech-language pathologists can help with early detection and treatment of communication and swallowing disorders which may lead to the elimination of or slowed progression of the condition, preventing further complications.
What can speech therapy do?
- Maintain a senior’s ability to function at their highest level by maximizing their cognitive skills
- Improve ability to communicate effectively in all situations including expression of basic needs, social situations, and daily living
- Maximize a person’s ability to safely swallow food and liquids given a variety of conditions that impact swallow function