- Non-Verbal Alzheimers Patient, am I missing something?
- soph365 wrote in speechpathology
- January 23rd, 19:30
I have an Alzheimer's patient that seems otherwise healthy (eating well, walking around, interest in environment) but is non-verbal, poor auditory comprehension (better with point/gestures etc.). 3 months ago she was talking with some paraphasias etc. and now it's mostly "uh huh" and a rare automatic-type phrase. The rapid rate of decline seems odd to me, and the fact that communication is so poor/non-existant. Does this seem like typical end-stage dementia or can an almost complete loss of language happen earlier and this quickly? I can't find anything else in her medical history to explain the sudden extreme aphasia. I'm basically stressing non-verbal communication in therapy- if you have any other tips, please share! Thanks for your help - I don't often see such severe cases of dementia.