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Speech Therapy for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

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According to studies, up to 89 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease develop difficulty communicating and up to 95 percent develop difficulty swallowing.

For patients who are experiencing difficulty with their speech, voice or swallowing, it is optimal to begin speech therapy as soon as possible to postpone and help prevent this decline. The SPEAK OUT! & LOUD Crowd program has been scientifically proven to improve speech, voice, swallowing and overall quality of life.

SPEAK OUT! is a therapy program specifically designed to preserve the voice and swallowing function of people with Parkinson’s disease and related neurological disorders. This program will teach patients how to speak with intent to improve overall communication and quality of life. SPEAK OUT! usually consists of 12 individual therapy sessions over the course of four weeks, and patients then transition to LOUD Crowd.

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STAR Program Assists Cancer Patients in Healing Process

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Physical Therapist Jennifer Root, D.P.T., describes the Survivorship Training and Rehabilitation (STAR) Program at MidMichigan Health. The program is designed to assist patients heal from cancer’s debilitating side effects and symptoms. Physicians, physical and occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians and mental health professionals work together to create a personalized plan to help patients increase strength and energy, alleviate pain, improve appetite and enhance quality of life. MidMichigan Health is certified in the STAR Program by the Massachusetts-based Oncology Rehab Partners, leading experts in the field of survivorship care.