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How Can You Tell if You or Your Loved One Need Speech Therapy Services?

Senior talks to doctor about signs a senior needs speech therapy

Speech therapy can help seniors overcome age-related speech disorders like dysarthria and apraxia. It’s important to understand the signs a senior needs speech therapy because early intervention can lead to better outcomes. Speech therapy is a specialized form of treatment that focuses on improving communication skills and abilities in individuals who have difficulty with speech production, language comprehension, or other aspects of communication. This type of therapy can be particularly beneficial for seniors who may experience age-related changes in their ability to communicate effectively.

Call Parkway Place today at 281.305.1846to learn about our senior speech therapy. We have experienced speech therapists on staff who are trained in helping seniors improve their communication skills.

What Is Speech Therapy?

Speech therapy is a specialized field of healthcare that focuses on diagnosing, evaluating, and treating communication disorders, cognitive-communication disorders, voice disorders, and swallowing disorders. At Parkway Place, our dedicated team of professionals is trained to support senior adults who may be experiencing difficulties in these areas.

Signs a Senior Needs Speech Therapy

Recognizing the signs that a senior needs speech therapy can be crucial for their overall well-being. These signs may include:

  • Difficulty finding the right words during conversations
  • Struggling with understanding others or being understood
  • Changes in voice quality, such as hoarseness or breathiness
  • Difficulty swallowing or frequent coughing during meals

If you notice any of these signs in a senior resident at Parkway Place, it may be time to consider speech therapy services.

Signs You Need Speech Therapy

It’s not just seniors who can benefit from speech therapy. Adults of all ages can experience speech and language difficulties due to various reasons such as stroke, brain injury, or certain medical conditions. Signs that you might need speech therapy include:

  • Struggling with fluency in speech, characterized by frequent repetitions or prolongations of sounds or words
  • Difficulty pronouncing certain sounds or words clearly
  • Problems with voice pitch, volume, or quality that distract listeners from what’s being said
  • Challenges with oral muscle strength and coordination, affecting speech clarity and eating

If any of these signs resonate with you, our speech therapists at Parkway Place can help.

Benefits of Speech Therapy for Seniors

Speech therapy offers numerous benefits for seniors. Some of the most significant advantages include:

  • Improved communication skills – Speech therapy can help seniors communicate more effectively and confidently, improving their relationships and overall quality of life.
  • Increased independence – By improving speech and language abilities, seniors can become more independent and better able to express their needs and wants.
  • Enhanced cognitive function – Speech therapy exercises can also improve cognitive function in seniors by stimulating the brain and promoting neural connections.
  • Better swallowing function – In addition to speech and language difficulties, many seniors also struggle with swallowing disorders. Speech therapy can help improve oral muscle strength and coordination, making swallowing easier.

At Parkway Place, we understand the importance of communication for seniors’ overall well-being. Our speech therapists are trained to work specifically with older adults, providing individualized care and support.

Does Your Loved One Need Speech Therapy?

If your loved one stays at Parkway Place and they are having trouble communicating, understanding, or swallowing, or if you’ve noticed changes in their voice, they might need speech therapy. Our therapy team is equipped to provide comprehensive speech therapy services to help your loved ones regain and maintain their communication abilities and quality of life.

Call Parkway Place Now to Start Speech Therapy

At Parkway Place, part of the larger Buckner Retirement Services family, we are committed to serving our residents and fulfilling their needs. We offer a range of senior living options along with various therapies, including speech therapy.

If you or your loved one shows signs of needing speech therapy, do not hesitate to reach out. Call 281.305.1846 or reach out online now. At Parkway Place, we are here to help you communicate better and live a fulfilling life.