Comparing Dysphagia With Presbyphagia: Assessing the Older Adult
In this session, we’ll compare common trends in the clinical dysphagia examination with what we now know about presbyphagia, or the aging swallow. We’ll describe the common etiologies for dysphagia and their impact on physiology, while discussing uncommon etiologies (e.g., UTI) and the role they play in temporary oropharyngeal dysphagia. We’ll also share the best timing of and common findings during instrumental assessments (e.g., videofluoroscopy). Throughout the session, we’ll focus on decision-making and the evidence to support it.
You will be able to:
- describe age-related changes in swallow physiology
- outline current trends in conducting a clinical dysphagia evaluation
- determine the best timing for conducting instrumental assessments
- provide examples of common pitfalls during instrumental exams with this population
- outline three evidence-based procedures for better assessment of the older adult
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