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Dysphagia and the Older Adult: Exercise in Swallow Rehabilitation

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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What's the difference between dysphagia and a normal, aging swallow? The aging swallow has specific characteristics which are distinct from and should not be confused with dysphagia. It is true, however, that dysphagia becomes more prevalent as we age and that aging may in some ways pre-dispose us to swallowing difficulties. This course provides a review of the basic principles of exercise physiology and a discussion of how they apply to head and neck musculature. Clinicians will learn how to choose appropriate exercises for their client's needs, and to facilitate participation and adherence with an exercise program. This course also provides a variety of compensatory strategies specific to patient impairments for utilization in those for whom exercise is not an appropriate modality.

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. Understanding Exercise

To kick off a discussion of exercise in swallowing, Angela Mansolillo provides a review of the basic principles of exercise physiology and a discussion of how they apply to head and neck musculature. Clinicians will be provided with information to assist them in identification of appropriate candidates for exercise amongst their elderly clients.

2. Exercise and Outcomes

The second chapter of this course reviews a variety of specific swallow exercises and the evidence to support each one. Clinicians will learn how to choose an appropriate exercise for their client’s needs, and how to facilitate participation and adherence with an exercise program.

3. Compensatory Strategies

In this chapter, viewers are provided with a variety of compensatory strategies specific to patient impairments for utilization in those for whom exercise is not an appropriate modality.

4. Client Candidacy - SLP

The final chapter of this course discusses client candidacy within the context of real-world clinical cases.

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