“Promoting Positive Solutions,” Post-Polio Health, Volume 29, Number 2, Spring 2013
Question: I am a 62-year-old happily married mother of two. I have a history of bulbar polio and have started speech therapy for new swallowing difficulties and problems with vocal endurance. Thus far, I have been able to adjust to every change brought on by post-polio syndrome, but this new change is really hard for me.
Barbara C. Sonies, PhD, CCC, BRS-S, College Park, Maryland
A major polio epidemic in the mid-20th century left many survivors with a wide variety of physical limitations including problems swallowing foods. Many persons with swallowing problems also had original bulbar signs of polio including difficulty breathing, clearing the throat, speaking and singing.
A GUIDE FOR PEOPLE WITH POLIO OR POST POLIO SYNDROME (PPS)
“Oh, I wish I’d looked after me teeth”, wrote Pam Ayres in her famous poem. Good oral health and hygiene are not just about being able to smile with confidence and eat well – they are important for your general health and well being, becoming even more so as you get older.