Research Tuesday: PD and Memory Problems

by Cyndee Williams Bowen, MS, CCC-SLP April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month. This contribution  to the Research Tuesday project explores the nature of memory deficits experienced by people with PD. Citation Chiaravalloti ND, Ibarretxe -Bilbao N, DeLuca J, Rusu, O, Pena J, Garcia-7Gorostiaga I, Ojeda N. The source of the memory impairment in Parkinson’s disease: […]

Random Thoughts: Playing the Vocal Instrument

By Cyndee Williams Bowen, SLP Production of human voice may be viewed as comparable to playing a musical instrument. Skilled musicians do not neglect the basics. They know that dedicated practice is required to achieve and maintain a high level of performance. They never outgrow the need to practice scales and continuously hone perception of pitch, intensity, […]

DBS, CPR, and AEDs

The following blog is an edited version of a guest post I wrote in February 2013 for a now dissolved foundation, The Parkinson’s Assistance, Network, Directory, and Alliance and revised for The Parkinson’s Hub blog.  — Cyndee Williams Bowen, SLP   I renewed my Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) certification recently, and much of the day’s […]

Research Tuesday: Voice Amplification in Parkinson’s

Most months I scan through journal articles to find a topic for our #SLPBloggers Research Tuesday posts (accessible here), but December 2013 is different. This month I happened upon a clinical gem mentioned on the Community pages of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). Special Interest Group (SIG) 2 is a forum where Communication Disorders colleagues discuss […]

Research Tuesday: NMES vs Traditional Dysphagia Therapy in PD

The article I read this month pertains to the use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) in the treatment of dysphagia. It is almost an understatement to say this is a controversial topic for Speech-Language Pathologists. Few issues incite stronger emotions and philosophical polarity among my esteemed colleagues! Opposing sides defend their position with a passion […]

Pretty, Palatable, and Pureed!

Sharing a meal with family and friends is one of life’s special pleasures! Unfortunately, people with Parkinson’s and other chronic disorders often develop swallowing problems (dysphagia) and find they have to consume a special diet to keep food from going down the wrong pipe! This is the phrase commonly used to describe the coughing and […]