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Communication Bridge Speech Therapy for Dementia

Active, not recruiting

This study will test Internet-based speech and language therapy for people with primary progressive aphasia, Alzheimer's disease, behavioral variant frontotemporal dementia, or related conditions.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
N/A N/A Both No
March 2013
January 2021

  • Diagnosis of dementia with language as a primary symptom (for example, aphasia)
  • Partner who knows the participant well and can answer questions about his or her communication ability
  • Adequate hearing to follow conversation (correction permitted)
  • Adequate vision (correction permitted)

  • None given

The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether speech and language therapy can improve a person with dementia's ability to communicate immediately after treatment and at 6 months and 12 months after treatment. Researchers also want to identify the most effective speech and language therapy strategies. The study will involve 12 to 15 sessions over the course of 12 months. Some sessions will be in person at the Northwestern Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center, while others will take place over the Internet, using an online study portal.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Northwestern University
Chicago Illinois 60611

Northwestern University

  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration

Name Role Affiliation
Emily J. Rogalski, PhD Principal Investigator Northwestern University

Name Phone Email
Marie Saxon 312-503-4012


Communication Bridge Speech Therapy Research Study: Using Internet-Based Speech Therapy to Improve Quality of Life and Access to Care