A Patient With Dementia May Not Be A Good Candidate For Speech And / Or Language Treatment
Patients with dementia have a variety of symptoms that progressively get worse as the individual gets older. Symptoms include; memory problems, perception and language difficulties, change in personality and cognition impairments. This alone would make treatment difficult. However, when a stroke occurs in an individual with dementia, new symptoms can arise and exacerbate the current dementia impairments. Patients with dementia who have also had a stroke can experience lack of motivation, extreme fatigue and depending on the location of the stroke, the added symptoms from this concomitant problem. These symptoms are coupled with the ongoing symptoms of dementia. For this reason, individuals with dementia who have had a stroke, may not be the best candidate for speech and/or language therapy.
Edema, the release of excess neurotransmitters, and the interruption of blood flow, during the first few weeks following a neurological injury, are reasons why it may be difficult to predict the residual effects of brain damage.
Individuals who experience a neurological injury need to be given an ample amount of time to recover before an evaluation on the brain and the effects of the injury can be assessed. The swelling in the brain (Edema) needs to subside allowing the brain to begin functioning properly. The absorption of the neurotransmitters and return of…