Make the Most of Mealtime: Compensating for Sensory Impairment
Older adults and people with dementia experience a variety of sensory changes that affect their ability to function independently during meals. Swallowing dysfunction that results from aging or dementia can be exacerbated by environmental barriers such as inadequate lighting, noisy conditions, poor or absent environmental cues, and visual clutter. In this session, we’ll learn how to address these environmental barriers as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for older adults with dysphagia. Finally, we’ll share examples of research on the physical and social environment.
You will be able to:
- identify the normal changes in vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch that are part of the aging process
- discuss the sensory changes that are part of dementia
- incorporate the physical environment into the dysphagia assessment
- identify aspects of the environment that can be modified to support functioning during meals
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