FARMINGTON  — Registrations are now being accepted for the October Prescriptions for Health presentation titled “Communication and Swallowing Issues in the Neurologically Impaired Adult” featuring Susan Loughrey, MA, CCC-SLP. The presentation is part of Franklin Memorial Hospital’s monthly community health information series that is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, Loughrey, a speech therapist, will discuss communication and feeding and swallowing issues that can affect people who have had a stroke or have a chronic, progressive neurological disorder such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis or ALS. The event will take place from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Chisholm Room and will include light refreshments. There will be time for questions and answers.

“This talk is appropriate for neurologically impaired patients, their families and other caregivers, including professionals working with patients with communication or swallowing issues,” said Loughrey. “Problems encountered and possible therapeutic interventions to alleviate or reduced problems will be covered.”

Loughrey works with patients of all ages at Franklin Memorial Hospital to improve speech, language, and cognition and memory skills, and works with children and adults to help them swallow safely. She is certified by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association and licensed by the State of Maine.

Loughrey completed a yearlong clinical fellowship year at Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center in New Hampshire after receiving her masters degree in speech-language pathology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She received her bachelors degree in hearing and speech sciences from the University of Florida.

Registration for the presentation is required, as space is limited. For more information or to register, call Jodi Cordes at 779-2592 or 1-800-398-6031, ext. 2592.

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