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If you are suffering from emotional pain or relationship problems in any area of your life, we can help you. You may feel stuck and out of choices, but you don’t have to live with your pain for the rest of your life. We offer a safe, private and comfortable environment where a meaningful and effective therapeutic process can develop.

Together we will explore the causes of your pain and work toward not only relief of pain, but greater happiness and fulfillment in your life. If you are seeking therapy for family, couples, teens, children of all ages or individual issues, we can partner together to better understand and resolve challenges that will allow you to establish more meaningful and fulfilling relationships.

We have been voted “Best in Counseling Jacksonville” for the past six years.

We strongly believe in the brain body connection, so our team is a combination of Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Mental Health Counselors and Licensed Massage Therapists.

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3 months 3 weeks ago
Author: Kristina Randle, Ph.D., LCSW

I find my mouth and tongue don’t move as quickly as they once did and I can’t speak as quickly anymore. I am 56, and years ago I could rattle off things quickly. I am not super slow, but I find that people finish my sentences, or answer before I finish. Are there tongue and mouth exercises I can do to speak quicker again? As well, I forget what I am about to say often…like a word. “I put the paper down on the table”…meaning the chair. I rattle through 4 of my child’s siblings names before getting to theirs. (There are no favorites…I do this with all of them! haha.) I know that others do this also. Is this a brain thing, or is this a lazy thing?

As one ages, things change. That is the norm but it’s not clear that what you have described could be categorized as normal signs of aging. A 2017 study revealed that changes in speech may be an early sign of Alzheimer’s. More pauses, using filler words and other verbal changes could be indicative of the cognitive impairment associated with Alzheimer’s.

Alternatively, it’s normal for people to say “um” and to have trouble recalling certain names or facts. The main difference between individuals who may be showing early signs of Alzheimer’s and those who are not, is that the former group experiences speech problems more frequently, they interfere with communication and there are noticeable changes over time.

It’s not clear what the problem may be and therefore it would be advisable to consult a physician. Report your concerns and let them evaluate your symptoms. They are experts and will know if anything is wrong. It would both be prudent and proactive. Thank you for your question. Good luck and please take care.

Dr. Kristina Randle