Frailty, Nutrition, and Sarcopenia in the Geriatric Patient With Dysphagia In this review, the interaction of aging and deglutition are discussed with attention to normal changes in bodily systems that occur with aging and the acceleration of decline often observed in frail individuals. The concepts of frailty and sarcopenia are discussed in a way to aid the speech-language pathologist providing ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2010
Frailty, Nutrition, and Sarcopenia in the Geriatric Patient With Dysphagia
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  • Joseph Murray
    Audiology/Speech Pathology Service, VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ann Arbor, MI
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2010
Frailty, Nutrition, and Sarcopenia in the Geriatric Patient With Dysphagia
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2010, Vol. 15, 35-41. doi:10.1044/gero15.2.35
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2010, Vol. 15, 35-41. doi:10.1044/gero15.2.35

In this review, the interaction of aging and deglutition are discussed with attention to normal changes in bodily systems that occur with aging and the acceleration of decline often observed in frail individuals. The concepts of frailty and sarcopenia are discussed in a way to aid the speech-language pathologist providing services to the elderly with swallowing disorders. It is important for the practicing speech-language pathologist to be able to identify elders who are at risk of poor outcome as the result of the synergy of poor nutrition and frailty as these symptoms appear in daily clinical practice.

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