Differentiating the Dementias: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist Mrs. Aldridge, an 84-year-old woman, was referred for a speech and language assessment by the house physician for the nursing home to which she had recently been admitted. She had spent the past few months on the long-term care ward of a local general hospital where she had been ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 2002
Differentiating the Dementias: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist
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  • Richard J. Welland
    Department of Applied Language Studies, Brock UniversitySt. Catharines, ON, Canada
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Article   |   August 01, 2002
Differentiating the Dementias: The Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 2002, Vol. 7, 1-5. doi:10.1044/gero7.2.1-a
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 2002, Vol. 7, 1-5. doi:10.1044/gero7.2.1-a
Mrs. Aldridge, an 84-year-old woman, was referred for a speech and language assessment by the house physician for the nursing home to which she had recently been admitted. She had spent the past few months on the long-term care ward of a local general hospital where she had been admitted after having had a stroke. Although this stroke had been responsible for her admission to hospital, it was not her first episode. CT scan results had revealed older infarctions in the left and right cerebral hemispheres; yet, neither her family nor her family physician had been aware of these earlier strokes. They were aware, however, that she had a long-standing history of coronary artery disease, hypertension, hypothyroidism, and arthritis. Most recently, a neurologist had queried a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease and/or Alzheimer’s disease.
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