Hackensack Meridian Health, a nonprofit health organization introduce Speech Therapy to fight against Parkinson’s disease. According to American Parkinson’s Disease Association, there are more than 10 million people all over the world who are affected by this disease and over 1 million people are only from the USA.
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What is Parkinson’s disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, progressive, and irreversible neurodegenerative disorder. It usually starts with loss of balance, difficulty walking, stiffness in the hands, legs, and Chronic stress.
People with Parkinson’s usually have trouble with their arms, legs, and face. These symptoms may come and go. It occurs mainly in people who are over 60 years old and usually begins with problems with movement and walking.
What are the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease?
The symptoms of this disease include tremors, muscle rigidity, slowing of movement, freezing of gait, shuffling walking, slowness in writing, speech problems, loss of smell, visual impairment, and lack of facial expression.
90% of people with Parkinson’s disease lose speech and have swallowing complications and 70% of mortality rate. According to the National Institute of Aging Parkison’s disease occur when the nerve that controls movement starts to die or become impaired. These nerve cells are in the basal ganglia.
The function of these nerve cells is to produce an important chemical called dopamine. When these nerve cells die or are impaired they produce less amount of this chemical and ultimately causing movement problems.
What are the treatments for Parkinson’ Disease?
There is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, but treatments can relieve symptoms. The main aim of treatment is to reduce tremors and restore balance and control over movement.
What is new Speech Therapy to fight against Parkinson’s Disease?
Hackensack Meridian Health is a non-profit organization located in New Jersey done remarkable work to introduce a new speech program to fight against Parkinson’s disease. Parkison’s disease patient’s one of the most common symptoms is the lack of speech.
Stages of Speech Therapy to Fight against Parkinson’s Disease
Hackensack Meridian Health split this therapy into two stages.
1. SPEAK OUT
2. LOUD Crowd
What is Speak out?
A patient with Parkinson’s disease starts to lose the ability to speak and their voice trembles when he tries to speak. In the Speak out process, the patient is asked to speak intentionally. The patient is assisted to pronounce words.
What is a LOUD Crowd?
according to Hackensack Meridian Health LOUD Crowd focuses on maintaining a balance between speech and language ability in a group setting.
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