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Dysphagia and the Older Adult: Improving Nutrition and Hydration

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 specifically tackles dehydration in the elderly, including how to recognize those at risk, and the pros and cons of thick liquid utilization in clients at risk for dehydration are reviewed. The course also discusses risk factors for malnutrition as we age, including the pros and cons of dietary modifications in clients at risk of nutritional compromise. This course also provides a rationale for diet liberalization in institutionalized elderly clients.

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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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. Dehydration Prevention and Management

Chapter one discusses dehydration in the elderly, including how to recognize those at risk. It also provides suggestions for preventing dehydration and strategies to improve hydration in those at risk. The pros and cons of thick liquid utilization in clients at risk for dehydration are also reviewed.

2. Nutrition Issues in the Elderly

This chapter discusses risk factors for malnutrition with age. The pros and cons of dietary modifications in clients at risk of nutritional compromise are reviewed.

3. Strategies for Improving Nutrition

The final lecture of this course provides suggestions for improving nutrition in the elderly including supplementation, environmental and dietary modifications, and compensations for low endurance. Additionally, this chapter provides a rationale for diet liberalization in institutionalized elderly clients.

4. Discussion on Thick Liquids

The final chapter of this course includes a discussion of the use of thick liquids in dysphagia care in real-world clinical scenarios.

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