What is it about?
Swallowing disorders (dysphagia) are common in older adults who require care. This study tested over 800 adults aged 65 and over who live in nursing homes or live in the community and receive aged care services. A number of factors were found to be indicative of disordered swallowing, which can be utilised clinically to identify dysphagia in this population.
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Why is it important?
Dysphagia is a distressing disorder to experience, and can be costly to manage as it can lead to secondary complications of malnutrition, dehydration, and aspiration pneumonia. Knowing what variables are indicative of dysphagia can aid timely identification and intervention.
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This page is a summary of: Indicators of Dysphagia in Aged Care Facilities, Journal of Speech Language and Hearing Research, September 2017, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), DOI: 10.1044/2017_jslhr-s-17-0028.
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Factors associated with signs of aspiration in older adults: A prospective study
This was a follow-up study that tracked a group of adults aged 60 years and older to monitor for changes in signs of aspiration. Findings confirmed previous studies, including this one, and established distinct profiles of older adults who are more likely to develop signs of aspiration over time.
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