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+ ONLINE EXTRA Patient Handout: Living with Dysphasia This printable handout summarizes how patients living with this language disorder can continue to live their lives to the fullest. Visit www. advanceweb.com/speechandhearing and look for ‘Patient Handouts’. speech, language and vegetative functions.7 In research conducted by Mummery et al., six areas of the brain were found to have degeneration: the bilateral temporal poles (left more than right), left inferior temporal gyrus, left middle temporal gyrus, left amygdaloid complex and ventromedial frontal cortex. Semantic deterioration among these areas relates directly with left anterior temporal damage.8 There is continued research on non-pharmacological approaches for suppressing concomitant symptoms of dementia. Treatments are chosen primarily to maximize the individual’s quality of life rather than cure the disease completely. A major positive contributor to life quality is one’s ability to communicate effectively. Observing CST To support my own research into CST, I took on the role of an outside observer, which allowed me to see these methods in a hands-on environment. During volunteer observations at a dementia day care program center, an automatic and apparent change occurred — both in the atmosphere and within the individuals — when CST was initiated for the day. Storytelling was included within the specific program to a great degree. This approach is based on TimeSlips, founded by Anne Basting in 1998. According to their website, “TimeSlips offers an elegantly simple revolution in long-term care — a shift from ‘managing behaviors’ toward infusing creativity into care relationships and systems. In a time when we deny aging and isolate our elders, TimeSlips provides hope and improves well-being through creativity and meaningful connection.”9 Phillips et al. (2010) examined the efficacy of TimeSlips in comparison to emotion, communication and quality of life in patients with dementia. 10 They found that there was a positive effect during and post-intervention. There was a slight increase in pragmatic language ability and even larger increases in pleasure throughout and after the six-week program. TimeSlips causes the individual to be more alert and engaged.11 During the CST activities I observed, individuals were given a certain painting with no other information but that painting. The discussion leader asked everyone what they thought the picture was about and what “story” was behind it. More specifically, patients were asked what they thought the names of the people in the picture would be, their occupation, 22 neuroscience With our mobile job board, you can use every little break to search for something new Pull out your phone and go to AdvanceHealthcareJobs.com JANUARY 2017  |  REHAB INSIDER The next time you’re waiting in line or stuck on a long ride, head to AdvanceHealthcareJobs.com and turn those frustrating moments into fruitful ones. A quick, convenient job search will not only help you pass the time, but it could also lead to an amazing new opportunity! Don’t let your day come to a standstill. Keep moving onward and upward by seeing what new openings have been added to our job board since you last looked. Find Healthcare Jobs and Advance Your Career Job Title, Keywords City, State, Zip Radius SEARCH JOBS 189050_JB_Mobile_1/2h.indd 1 9/16/15 1:47 PM


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