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Archive » 2000 » 3 » | Archive » Medical field » Fields » Neurology » Archive » Medical field » Fields » Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine »

Logopedic Treatment of Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

 
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Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disease progressing by affecting the abil­ities of communication (verbal, non-verbal, written). These disorders are present in a half to three-fourths of patients. Parkinson’s disease is frequently accompanied by disorders of swallowing, observed in about 50% of patients. It is often combined with numerous other disorders such as: difficult reading, memorizing problems, rapid fatigue, disturbed motor activ­ity of the dominant hand, and similar, all of which puts further strain on the already difficult communication and swallowing. The basic goal of logopedic treatment is to maintain and activate the affected abilities, therewith moderating the social isolation of these patients. At the Institute for Rehabilitation in Ljubljana the logopedic treatment of Parkinsonian patients makes part of the programs of complex rehabilitation (physiotherapy, occupational thera­py, psychological and social treatment etc.). The speech therapist coordinates his work with other members of the team and collaborates with the patient’s family.

Authors:
Ogrin maja

Keywords:
Parkinson's disease, communication disorders, functional affection

Cite as:
Med Razgl. 2000; 39: 313−7

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