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ASHA certified Speech Language Pathologist and Master Clinician who has provided speech and language services to people living with Parkinson Disease (PD) & Memory Deficits for over 20 years. Over the past 10 years she has had the pleasure of leading Parkinson Support Groups in Maine.
Mainely Parkinsons is
empowering people with memory disorders
living with Parkinson Disease & their loved ones to live their best quality life.
Communication is a key element in quality of life.
Problems communicating can lead to feelings of frustration, depression and withdrawal.
"Research shows that 89 percent of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) experience speech and voice disorders, including soft, monotone, breathy and hoarse voice and uncertain articulation. "~Parkinsons Foundation
Mainely Parkinsons offers:
eLOUD - Lee Silverman Voice Therapy (LSVT-LOUD) via tele therapy.
LSVT LOUD is a standardized treatment protocol that is customized to the unique communication goals of each person across a range of disease severity and communication impairments.
LSVT LOUD treatment consists of:
1) 16 sessions: 4 consecutive days a week for 4weeks
2) Individual 1 hour sessions
3) Daily homework practice
4) Daily carryover exercises
If LSVT LOUD is not the right fit for you or your family, a specialized program can be tailored to fit your specific needs.
People with PD are less likely to participate in conversation, effectively communicate health concerns, engage in social settings, and have an increased risk for depression and social isolation.
Voice Treatment has been scientifically proven to improve quality of speech.
These are statements many people have used to describe their voices and the effects of their voices on their lives.
Choose the response that indicates how frequently you have the same experience.
(0 = never, 1 = almost never, 2 = sometimes, 3 = almost always, 4 = always).
To find your score, add up your answers.
A score of 10 or higher indicates you might have a speech or voice problem that is affecting your quality of life and you could benefit from a Voice Treatment Program.
A Swallowing Evaluation can assess your current level of function and determine if diet texture changes, compensatory strategies or exercises may be beneficial.
Difficulty swallowing can lead to malnutrition, dehydration and aspiration (when food or liquid "goes down the wrong pipe").
Aspiration can lead to pneumonia & is the leading cause of death in people living with Parkinson Disease.
More than 80 % of people with PD experience difficulty swallowing. This can begin at any point during PD, but it tends to get more serious as the condition progresses.
How do I know if I have a swallowing problem?
If you have one or more of these symptoms, a swallow evaluation can provide important information and recommendations to improve and maintain your health and quality of life.
A Cognitive Evaluation checks for problems with cognition.
Cognition is a combination of processes in your brain that's involved in almost every aspect of your life. It includes thinking, language, memory, judgment, and the ability to learn new things.
A problem with cognition is called cognitive impairment. The condition ranges from mild to severe.
A Cognitive Evaluation can assess a persons current levels of cognitive ability and identify specific areas of strengths and weaknesses.
Doing so can provide peace of mind and/or provide additional information to make better decisions for the best quality of life.
Ongoing surveillance is also available to identify changes that may occur over time.
"Use it or Lose It" - staying cognitively engaged and active can help to improve and maintain cognitive function.
Around 30% of people with PD experience cognitive change at some point in their illness.
How Do I know if I could benefit from a Cognitive Evaluation?
Parkinson Disease is a progressive disease, meaning that it changes over time.
Mainely Parkinsons can complete an detailed assessment/intake of your loved ones current abilities, to identify areas of need and to help navigate resources that are available.
Whether the Parkinson’s diagnosis is new to you or your loved one or you have been living with Parkinson’s for a long time, preparation is key in all respects: emotional, financial and physical.
We can provide tips, tools and free resources that are available to help prepare you for every step of the journey.
Not currently, but if there is enough interest I would be happy to start one.
Please contact us if you cannot find an answer to your question.
Unfortunately, No. All services are paid privately & at the time of service or in advance. With the exception of the support group which is free to attend.
Email Jennifer at MainelyParkinsons@Gmail.com and ask to be added to the monthly inviation. You will be sent a link where you can click and join.
"Jennifer is very efficient in her evaluation and treatment for voice, swallowing and cognition. She looks for information to assist her clients and gears treatments to their interests. She is patient and encouraging. She answers your question and if she doesn't know the answer she searches for the answer. Jennifer has a nice sense of hum
"Jennifer is very efficient in her evaluation and treatment for voice, swallowing and cognition. She looks for information to assist her clients and gears treatments to their interests. She is patient and encouraging. She answers your question and if she doesn't know the answer she searches for the answer. Jennifer has a nice sense of humor and put people at ease. We found her very helpful and open to suggestions. She has a heart for helping individuals with Parkinson's disease."
"You have done such a great job and we want to thank you so much for seeing the need, reaching out and starting this group. We appreciate all of the information, resources and just the sharing that was part of this group."
~ Mary & Family
"My grand daughter said,
" I can hear you Grampy!" That's when I knew it was working. I really appreciate all that you have done for me." ~ Vince
"I can't believe I'm not alone. I didn't realize there were so many people who had the same troubles I do." ~ Greg
"I didn't realize people couldn't hear me. I just assumed they were all deaf." ~ Anne
Please contact me directly with any questions, comments, or scheduling inquiries you may have.
Monday - Friday: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Additional afternoon and evenings are available by appointment
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