The Aging Process and Impact on the Swallow

There are two ways to participate in this live event, as either part of the live studio audience in Gulf Breeze, Florida or via live stream around the world. Live stream participants will receive instructions in the confirmation e-mail on how to access the event from their computer and interact with the instructor. Studio audience seats are limited - so register now! Please contact our office if you have any questions. 850-916-8886.

Course begins: 9:00 AM Central (10:00 AM Eastern; 7:00 AM Pacific)

Aging impacts all the systems in the body including the respiratory system, sensory system, gastrointestinal system, endocrine system and muscular system. This course will discuss the physiological changes that occur in the body with aging and how these changes impact our swallow, nutrition and diet selection and create challenges for mastication, swallowing, digestion and nutrition/hydration. The National Dysphagia Diet, which provided guidelines for diet selection is being replaced by the International Dysphagia Diet. Both guidelines will be reviewed. Information will be provided for staff education regarding testing foods and liquids for each level. In addition, the New Dining Practice Standards offers suggestions and recommendations for maintaining nutrition and hydration. Understanding changes that occur during the aging process and their impact on adequate nutrition, diet selection and swallow efficiency is vital to successful outcomes. This course will also show participants how sensory enhancements and strategies can be used to improve your patient's nutrition and swallow. This course will be beneficial to any discipline working with our growing geriatric population.

AOTA Factors: Domain of OT: Client Factors, Performance Skills

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

Course Instructor(s)

Course Agenda

Day 1

08:59 - 09:00
Times listed Central Time (Eastern: 10:00AM-3:30PM, Pacific: 7:00AM-12:30PM)
09:00 - 09:15
Overview of Course
09:15 - 10:00
Physiologic changes in the body systems
10:00 - 10:05
Short Break
10:05 - 11:05
Physiologic changes in the body systems
11:05 - 11:10
Short Break
11:10 - 11:25
Physiologic changes in the body systems
11:25 - 11:55
Modified Diets
11:55 - 12:10
12:10 - 12:40
Food and Thickening Products for Dysphagia Patients
12:40 - 01:10
Recent Studies on modified diets
01:10 - 01:15
Short Break
01:15 - 01:45
Sensory Enhancements to improve nutrition/hydration
01:45 - 02:15
Mealtime strategies and Adaptive Equipment
02:15 - 02:30
Q and A

Contact hours pre-approved for:

  • 0.5 CEUs (5.0 Contact Hours) SLP/SLPAs, OT/COTAs
  • CIAO is an AOTA Approved Provider #4119 (OT/COTA)
  • This course meets PDU requirements for NBCOT (5 PDUs)
  • CIAO is an ASHA Approved Provider #AAWA (SLP/SLPA) requires bubble sheet submission
  • This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Beginner Level, Professional Area)
  • 6.0Hrs OT/COTAs in FL (CE Broker #20-597797)

This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Beginner Level, Professional Area)

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

CIAO is recognized on the NBCOT Provider Registry (meets PDU requirements for NBCOT)