Swallowing Performance: Do We Swallow Slower as We Age? The act of swallowing, a highly coordinated, rapid and dynamic process involving a functionally integrated system (Robbins, Hamilton, Lof, & Kempster, 1992) enables liquids and solids to pass timely and without incident from the oral cavity to the stomach (Dodds, 1989). Is there evidence to suggest that the act ... Article
Article  |   August 01, 1999
Swallowing Performance: Do We Swallow Slower as We Age?
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  • Debra C. L. Gleeson
    Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI
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Article   |   August 01, 1999
Swallowing Performance: Do We Swallow Slower as We Age?
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 1999, Vol. 4, 24-26. doi:10.1044/gero4.1.24
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, August 1999, Vol. 4, 24-26. doi:10.1044/gero4.1.24
The act of swallowing, a highly coordinated, rapid and dynamic process involving a functionally integrated system (Robbins, Hamilton, Lof, & Kempster, 1992) enables liquids and solids to pass timely and without incident from the oral cavity to the stomach (Dodds, 1989). Is there evidence to suggest that the act of swallowing, or swallowing performance, deteriorates as a function of age? In recent years, research efforts have been directed toward delineating changes in swallowing performance associated with advanced age. Studies have identified definitive changes in age-related oral stage function and pharyngeal stage swallow dynamics, but have also observed preservation and maintenance of normal swallow performance with age.
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