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Assessment and Treatment of Dysphagia in Older Adults (WEB17014)

Presenter(s): Brenda Arend, MA, CCC-SLP; Jeanette E. Benigas, PhD, CCC-SLP; Heather Clark, PhD, CCC-SLP; James L. Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S; Kate Krival, PhD, CCC-SLP; Luis F. Riquelme, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Course Description

This course includes five recorded sessions from the 2017 online conference “Dysphagia in Older Adults.” These sessions focus on assessment and treatment strategies to optimize outcomes for older adults with dysphagia. The conference included a total of 13 sessions, with the broad goal of giving clinicians new, evidence-based strategies for improving overall quality of life for older adults.

The sessions are:

  • Managing Dysphagia in Older Adults: Essential Knowledge and Skills, by James L. Coyle (80 minutes)
  • Optimizing Eating and Swallowing for People With Dementia, by Jeanette Benigas (90 minutes)
  • Dysphagia Assessment and Management in Palliative Care, by Kate Krival and Brenda Arend (76 minutes)
  • Exercise-Based Dysphagia Interventions in Older Adults, by Heather Clark (56 minutes)
  • Presbyphagia: Improving Assessment Practices for Older Adults, by Luis F. Riquelme (57 minutes)

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • state how three physiologic systems change over the life span and how these likely affect swallowing function
  • write long- and short-term goals that reflect the objectives and approaches for patients receiving dysphagia services in a palliative care context
  • adapt dysphagia assessment protocols for older adults
  • identify and describe a variety of exercise-based interventions and explain their intended effects
  • select treatment options and the supporting evidence to assist in determining the most appropriate plan of care for people with dementia who have difficulty eating or swallowing

What is Included?

You'll get online access to all the course content, including the full video, handouts, and references so you can access it from anywhere!

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

Related Courses
View all courses from the “Dysphagia in Older Adults” online conference, available through the ASHA Learning Pass subscription or as an a la carte purchase.

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 6
ASHA CEU*: 0.6
Item #(s): WEB17014
Available Through: May 05, 2025