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Dysphagia and the Older Adult: Medication Management

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. The final course in the Dysphagia and the Older Adult series discusses medication induced dysphagia, the mechanics of pill swallowing, and the consequences of common formulation modifications, including crushing. Commonly prescribed medication categories will be reviewed specific to their potential impact on swallow function in the elderly, and interventions for medication induced dysphagia will be provided. The course concludes by providing clinicians with strategies and compensations to improve pill swallowing in their 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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1. Medications and Medication-Induced Dysphagia

The elderly are more susceptible to medication-related complications and often have difficulty swallowing their medications. This chapter will discuss medication induced dysphagia, review the mechanics of pill swallowing, and discuss the consequences of common formulation modifications, including crushing.

2. Medication Categories

Commonly prescribed medication categories will be reviewed with regard to their potential impact on swallow function in the elderly. Interventions for medication-induced dysphagia will also be provided.

3. Medication Errors in Patients with Dysphagia

In this chapter, medication errors in patients with dysphagia will be discussed and strategies for improving pill/tablet swallowing will also be provided.

4. Facilitating Pill Swallowing

This chapter provides clinicians with strategies and compensations to improve pill swallowing in their elderly clients. Direct interventions to improve pill swallowing will also be provided.

5. Medication Swallowing from Caregiver or Patient Perspective

The final chapter of this course includes a discussion about the challenges of medication swallowing from the point of view of patients and their caregivers.

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