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Functional communication in patients with progressive dementia

Lucija Mauko (2011) Functional communication in patients with progressive dementia. Diploma thesis.

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    The life expectancy and the proportion of elderly is increasing worldwide and also in Slovenia. In this undergraduate dissertation, we concentrated on communication changes especially in people with dementia that result from normal aging processes. The changes themselves that result from normal aging usually do not have an influence on communication skills with the environment, except in patients with dementia where verbal and language changes may manifest themselves as the first signs of disease. With a decline in verbal ability the communication becomes more and more nonverbal in character, which is often misinterpreted by the environment. The research in this dissertation has been carried out using the Edinburgh functional communication profile (EFCP) by taking verbal and nonverbal samples in determining qualitative and quantitative communication characteristics in patients with progressive dementia. Eleven patients with progressive dementia from CSS Škofja Loka participated in creating the profile through unique individual meetings. A comprehensive analysis of the profiles showed that patients with progressive dementia on average communicate effectively, extend interaction, express themselves through verbal and nonverbal modalities and show a variety of communication functions. However, all of this is dependent on the stimuli and incentives that we give to each individual according to his or her characteristics. Taking into account that is that the same functional characteristics of communication do not necessarily mean the same approaches to therapy, we developed guidelines for approaches to speech therapy.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: aging, cognition, memory disorders, functional communication, speech and language changes, dementia, Edinburgh functional communication profile (EFCP)
    Number of Pages: 99
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Dora JelencMentor
    prof. def. Branka ProsnikComentor
    doc. dr. Aleš KogojComentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9023305)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 506
    Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 10:23
    Last Modified: 25 Apr 2013 10:02
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/506

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