Older adults and people with dementia experience a variety of sensory changes that affect their ability to communicate and function independently. Communication and swallowing dysfunction that results from aging or dementia can be exacerbated by environmental barriers such as inadequate lighting, noisy conditions, poor or absent environmental cues, and visual clutter. Speech-language pathologists will learn how to address these environmental barriers as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for older adults with dementia. Examples for research on the physical and social environment will be shared.
Course created on May 14, 2015
- After this course, participants will be able to identify the normal changes in vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch that are part of the aging process.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the sensory changes that are part of dementia.
- After this course, participants will be able to explain how to incorporate the physical environment into the dysphagia assessment.
- After this course, participants will be able identify aspects of the environment that can be modified to support functioning during meals.
|0-20 Minutes||Understanding changes in vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch as part of the aging process|
|20-35 Minutes||Recognizing sensory changes as part of dementia|
|35-50 Minutes||Assessing the physical environment as part of the communication and dysphagia assessment|
|50-85 Minutes||Using the physical and social environment to increase functioning and communication|
|85-90 Minutes||Conclusion; Q&A|
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP
Jennifer A. Brush, M.A., CCC/SLP has been working for over 20 years to change the face of dementia care in hospitals, assisted living communities, nursing homes and home care. She is an international speaker and recognized speech-language pathologist known for her work in the areas of memory, swallowing, and environmental interventions for people with dementia. She has served as the Principal Investigator on applied research grants that have examined issues pertaining to dementia, hearing impairment, dining, dysphagia, and the long-term care environment. Jennifer is the co-author of four books: Creative Connections; I Care; Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit™ (ECAT) and A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval.
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