Research shows that up to 60% of individuals recovering from a stroke have language impairments that last for more than six months. Thankfully, studies also show that intensive periods of speech therapy may be very beneficial in restoring language skills when undertaken soon after a stroke.
A decrease in language skills following a stroke is only one of many compelling reasons to pursue speech therapy with an experienced therapist. Here are 5 motivating benefits for Seniors to participate in speech therapy.
1. Improve Your Ability to Speak
During your appointment, a speech language pathologist will facilitate exercises designed to improve your ability to communicate verbally. It can often be frustrating when it is difficult to remember words. However, working towards your speech goals with a trained professional will build your confidence and improve your skills.
2. Improve Your Ability to Understand Speech
Being able to speak confidently is important, but the therapist’s role doesn’t stop there. As part of our mission to improve quality of life here at Cedar Haven, our speech therapists also works to improve your ability to understand speech so that you can participate in conversations with family and friends.
3. Improve Your Ability to Swallow Food
In addition to the communicative benefits of speech therapy, another targeted goal involves aiding with swallow reflexes and increasing your comfort and enjoyment during meals.
4. Improve Your Social Life
An individual’s ability to communicate and participate in meals will foster a richer and more enjoyable social life, which is directly linked to combatting depression according to many new studies.
5. Improve Your Quality of Life
As these integral parts of daily life are improved and these skills honed, quality of life improves. These are all stepping stones to a more enjoyable life.
There is no need to leave grounds in order to participate in speech therapy if you stay with us. Cedar Haven offers speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy services with our own trained team of professionals. Learn more on our services page or contact us today to inquire about how we can meet your therapeutic needs during a short- or long-term stay at our facility.
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