The Voice – Mary’s Blog

Aspiration the Boogieman of Dysphagia: What You Should Know

Aspiration the Boogieman of Dysphagia: What You Should Know

From time to time, a patient comes to me for treatment of their dysphagia (swallowing problem), but they have undergone a video-swallow study elsewhere. The disadvantage to me in those circumstances, is that I do not have access to the actual video to review. A...

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Speech Therapy Goals: Mine or Yours?

Speech Therapy Goals: Mine or Yours?

At the onset of any therapy whether for speech, swallowing or both, I am required to establish a treatment plan which includes short- and long-term goals which include a time frame for attainment, such as 30 or 60 days. Treatment goals are based in part on my initial...

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Hearing Loss a Modifiable Risk Factor for Dementia

Hearing Loss a Modifiable Risk Factor for Dementia

Hearing impairment is common and increases with age, with approximately two thirds of adults aged 75 years or older estimated to have a hearing problem that adversely impacts communication. The high prevalence of hearing impairment is particular cause for concern as...

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Parkinson’s and the Humanitarian Crisis of War

Parkinson’s and the Humanitarian Crisis of War

Over the last few days I have found myself depressed, despondent, and angry as I have watched the events in Ukraine unfold. In one image that has been repeated on the news, an elderly man hunched over his cane is waiting with masses of other people at a train station....

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Tribute to PD Advocate Kate Kelsall and Prayer to St. Blaise

Tribute to PD Advocate Kate Kelsall and Prayer to St. Blaise

Can anything good ever come from Parkinson’s disease, you might wonder?  There’s no question that (PD) it is a chronic disease fraught with many challenges. But, in 2008, Parkinson’s was the conduit that brought me to my friend, Kate Kelsall. In the fall of 2008 when...

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Speech, Swallowing, and Parkinson’s: How Much Do You Know?

Speech, Swallowing, and Parkinson’s: How Much Do You Know?

Speech and Swallowing symptoms are common in Parkinson's disease, yet, many patients fail to recognize or report problems due in part to their subtle onset. This week I've given you a fun way to increase your knowledge. Find the words in the puzzle and then match the...

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Cannabis to Treat Parkinson’s: Take the Survey

Cannabis to Treat Parkinson’s: Take the Survey

Dr. Sandy Gibson from the Department of Counselor Education at The College of New Jersey in conjunction with the Parkinson Alliance is conducting a new Patient Centered Research Study: The Use of Cannabis to Treat Symptoms of Parkinson’s. The medical use of cannabis...

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Mary Spremulli of Voice Aerobics writes a monthly news article in the “Healthy Body” section of Florida Weekly

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