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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 will discuss potential interventions to improve and support oral health in an aging population. Topics include changes in saliva and oral flora with aging, assessment and intervention to support oral hygiene, and cost reduction through improved oral care.
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…
Chapter two provides strategies for assessment of oral health as part of a dysphagia assessment and reviews the evidence base regarding appropriate oral health interventions including strategies for patients with care-resistant behaviors.
3. Oral Care and Cost Reduction
The final chapter provides a rationale for the implementation of oral hygiene programs both to reduce pneumonia incidence in the elderly and to reduce the cost of care.