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What Are the Differences Between Age and Health Related Speech Issues?

Nurse talks to senior about age and health related speech issues

Age and health-related speech issues can be a challenge for many people, but there are ways to improve and maintain vocal health. Parkway Place’s senior speech therapy offers a variety of approaches to maximize strength and improve speech clarity. Call us at 281.305.1846 today to learn more.

Seniors and Age and Health-Related Speech Issues

Speech issues in senior adults can arise due to various factors and are often categorized into age-related and health-related problems. Understanding the difference between these two can help in identifying the right treatment approach.

When age and health-related speech issues arise, it can be frustrating and challenging for both the individual and their loved ones. Senior adults may experience difficulties in communication, which can lead to social isolation and impact their overall quality of life.

Age vs Health-Related Speech Issues

Understanding the cause of the speech issue is crucial in determining the appropriate therapy approach.

Age-Related Speech Issues

As we age, our vocal cords become weaker and less flexible, leading to changes in the voice. This can result in a softer or more hoarse voice, making it difficult for others to hear or understand what is being said. Age-related speech issues are a natural part of the aging process and can be managed with proper care and treatment.

Health-Related Speech Issues

On the other hand, health-related speech issues can be caused by various medical conditions such as stroke, Parkinson’s disease, or traumatic brain injury. These conditions can affect the muscles and nerves involved in speech production, resulting in difficulties with articulation, voice quality, and fluency. It is essential to address these underlying health problems to improve speech clarity and function.

Benefits of Senior Speech Therapy

Senior speech therapy at Parkway Place offers numerous benefits:

  • Improved speech clarity – By targeting specific muscles and techniques, senior speech therapy can improve articulation and voice quality.
  • Enhanced communication skills – Therapy sessions include exercises to strengthen communication skills, such as listening and responding appropriately.
  • Increased confidence – As speech improves, seniors may gain more confidence in social situations, leading to a better quality of life.
  • Customized treatment plans – Our speech therapists create individualized treatment plans based on each senior’s specific needs and goals.

At Parkway Place, our experienced speech therapists use a variety of evidence-based approaches to target age or health-related speech issues

Treatment Approaches

Our therapy programs are designed to help seniors regain their speech and language abilities, enhance their social interaction, and improve their self-esteem through various treatment approaches.

  • Voice therapy – This type of therapy focuses on improving vocal quality, loudness, and endurance.
  • Articulation therapy – By targeting specific muscles used in speech production, articulation therapy can improve clarity and intelligibility.
  • Language intervention – For those experiencing language difficulties due to health conditions, this therapy approach aims to improve comprehension and expression.
  • Cognitive therapy – This type of therapy targets cognitive communication skills, such as attention, memory, and problem-solving, to improve overall communication abilities.

Our services are not limited to speech therapy. We also offer physical and occupational therapy, medication management, and a variety of senior living options.

Call Parkway Place Today

Parkway Place, located in Houston, Texas, is a luxury community offering a range of services for senior adults. Our amenities include recreational programs, educational programs, nutrition education/counseling, group outings, dining services, a spa, library, arts and crafts, and we’re pet-friendly too.

If you or your loved one is facing age or health-related speech issues, do not hesitate to reach out to us. Call us at 281.305.1846 or reach out online. Our team of licensed nurse clinicians is ready to provide the necessary assistance. At Parkway Place, we are here to help you communicate better and live a fulfilling life. Everyone deserves a voice, and we are committed to ensuring that our seniors can communicate with confidence.