Dementia

Dementia is an acquired and progressive neurological disorder and major health problem primarily found in people 65 years of age and older.

This neurological disorder causes deterioration of cognition, memory, language, emotion and behaviour and can lead to swallowing problems in elderly people. There are various types of Dementias, however the most common type is known as Alzheimer’s Disease. In this type of Dementia, language and cognitive abilities deteriorate faster than motor abilities.

An individual with Dementia may experience:

  • Memory loss
  • Distraction / Confusion
  • Difficulties with problem solving and setting goals
  • Difficulties with participating in conversations
  • Expressing wants / needs (language worsens with time)
  • Personality changes
  • Depression
  • Difficulties with swallowing
  • Signs and symptoms will likely worsen as Dementia progresses
  • Treatment of individuals with Dementia focuses on assisting clients manage their daily routine as effectively as possible, making diet modifications when necessary to ensure that the individual is eating / drinking safely, and help / train families in compensatory strategies to cope with Dementia and interact with their loved one in the best manner possible.
  • At Q Enrichment Center, our Speech, Language and Swallowing Pathologist specialised in speech therapy for adults, will conduct an extensive comprehensive assessment to determine the type of difficulty, the severity, as well as the diagnosis related to speech, language and swallowing difficulties. A detailed report will be completed along with a treatment plan specific to each individual’s needs.