Dysphagia and the Older Adult
Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 3005, 3050, 5100, 5210; Level 3
Suggested CDR Performance Indicators: 8.2.1, 8.3.1, 8.3.6, 12.2.1
This continuing education course reviews the mechanics of swallowing, swallowing changes that occur as part of the aging process and their impact on the development of dysphagia, and nutrition interventions to mitigate the symptoms.
After completing this continuing education course, nutrition professionals should be better able to:
- Explain the difference between normal swallow and impaired swallow in older adults.
- Manage patients with dysphagia by understanding the comorbidities that increase the risk for developing dysphagia.
- Improve patient outcomes by being able to implement interventions to care for older adults with dysphagia.
Nancy Munoz, DCN, MHA, RDN, LDN, FAND, is a lecturer in the department of nutrition at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, an instructor for the University of Phoenix College of Nursing and Health Care program, and assistant chief for nutrition and food services for the Southern Nevada Veterans Administration Healthcare System.
The author has no relevant disclosures to report regarding this program. She has certified that no conflict of interest exists for this program. View our disclosure policy.
- 2.00 CDR