Dysphagia in elderly

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Candles burning as hope for dysphagia

HOPE for Dysphagia: Got Your Speech-Language Pathologist?

Hope for Dysphagia: Got a Speech-Language Pathologist on Your Multidisciplinary Dysphagia Team? By Karen M. Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com This blog is in response to an article published by the Washington Post on February 25, 2018 in the Health & Science Perspective column titled: “Problems swallowing are a big killer, but the treatment can be horrible,” by Drs Douglas Jacobs and Joshua Lang of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. It seems to […]

Plate, fork, knife outline with pills. Represents how medications (various drugs) can affect a person's ability to eat and swallow safely.

The ABAs of Drug-Induced Dysphagia

There is no magic pill to cure dysphagia. There are plenty of medications that can cause difficulties eating and swallowing. Introduction: When we evaluate a person’s eating and swallowing function, we have to put on our critical thinking caps, be detectives, and collaborate with the team. To determine if there may be a drug-induced dysphagia, we discuss symptoms and medications with the patient/family/caregivers, medical team, psychiatrists, pharmacists, and nurses. Lethargy, cognitive impairment, inattention, distractibility, tremors, […]

Aging and Swallowing: We all have to do it!

Aging and Swallowing: We All have to do it! By Karen Sheffler, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S of SwallowStudy.com A summary of a talk titled: “Managing Dysphagia in Aging Adults,” at the 2014 ASHA Healthcare & Business Institute, Las Vegas, NV by James L. Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, ASHA Fellow The field of medical-speech pathology can be tricky, especially when working with aging and swallowing. It differs greatly from traditional rehabilitation practices in our field, per Dr […]