Feeding and Swallowing Strategies for the Individual With Dementia As the 24 million individuals living with some form of dementia follow the course of the disease, they experience deterioration in cognitive and swallowing capabilities. The speech-language pathologist can guide the individual and his/her caregivers and family to support a safe intake and the least restrictive diet. This article will ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2010
Feeding and Swallowing Strategies for the Individual With Dementia
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  • George A. Voyzey
    Genesis Rehab Services, Falmouth, ME
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2010
Feeding and Swallowing Strategies for the Individual With Dementia
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2010, Vol. 15, 48-53. doi:10.1044/gero15.2.48
SIG 15 Perspectives on Gerontology, December 2010, Vol. 15, 48-53. doi:10.1044/gero15.2.48

As the 24 million individuals living with some form of dementia follow the course of the disease, they experience deterioration in cognitive and swallowing capabilities. The speech-language pathologist can guide the individual and his/her caregivers and family to support a safe intake and the least restrictive diet. This article will familiarize clinicians with feeding and swallowing techniques, as well environmental and physical recommendations to facilitate assessment and management of individuals with dysphagia and dementia. The goal is to ensure the individual with dementia can experience quality of life on a daily basis by focusing on one of the last remaining skills a person with dementia possesses: The ability to eat and enjoy food with both safety and dignity.

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