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Dysphagia and Cognitive Impairment, Part 1 - Normal Aging and the Role of Dementia, Delirium, and Mental Illness

presented by Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S

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Financial: Angela Mansolillo receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Angela Mansolillo has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This course will be retired and no longer available as of Sun Nov 1, 2020. Please start the course by Mon Oct 19, 2020 and complete the course by Sat Oct 31, 2020 to receive credit or look for The Essentials: Dysphagia and Dementia, available in the course catalogue.

Clinicians are regularly faced with the challenge of managing swallowing disorders in elderly individuals with impaired cognition. This course will review the medical consequences of aging, including frailty and sarcopenia, and will discuss the impact of cognitive impairment on swallowing functions. Dementia, delirium and cognitive impairment secondary to mental illness will be discussed and the impact of these impairments on the diagnosis and management of individuals with dysphagia will be outlined.

Meet Your Instructor

Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S

Angela Mansolillo, MA/CCC-SLP, BCS-S, is a speech-language pathologist and board-certified specialist in swallowing disorders with more than 25 years of experience. She is currently a senior speech-language pathologist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she provides evaluation and treatment services for adults and children with dysphagia and is involved in program planning and…

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1. Introduction and Normal Aging

The participant will identify two to three medical complications associated with aging and discuss their potential impact on swallow function. The participant will also discuss risk factors for dehydration and undernutrition in the elderly patient.

2. Dementia, Delirium, and Mental Illness

The participant will differentiate between delirium and dementia in an elderly client in order to implement an appropriate dysphagia management plan. The participant will also discuss the onset and characteristics of dysphagia in dementia according to underlying etiology.

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