DVD Media - Set of 3 DVD's
1. Helping Older Adults Compensate for Sensory Impairment during Meals:
Older adults and people with dementia experience a variety of sensory changes that affect their ability to function independently during meals. 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. Health care professionals will learn how to address these environmental barriers as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for older adults with dysphagia. Examples for research on the physical and social environment will be shared.
2. Memory Training the Spaced Retrieval Way:
Yes! Learning is possible for people with dementia.
Spaced Retrieval (SR) is an evidence-based intervention that is effective for helping people with memory impairment. It can be used to help individuals lead more independent lives by enhancing memory for personally relevant information and improving behaviors, such as less repetitive questioning, better orientation, greater engagement in activities, improved appointment keeping, safe ambulation, transfer and safer swallowing behaviors. This video provides step-by-step instructions for implementing SR to support a variety of learning goals.
3. When it’s Tough to Swallow: Problems and Solutions for Older Adults:
Most of us look forward to mealtime. It is, of course, an opportunity to eat, but it is also a chance to socialize with others and to break from the day’s work or routine. However, for many older adults, eating is a struggle. Swallowing is an automatic process, yet imagine what it would be like if you experienced pain every time you swallowed. It can be an uncomfortable experience for older adults because of poor dentition, ill-fitting dentures, pain, or difficulty swallowing. This video presentation will make all staff aware of what they can do to support people with swallowing difficulties. Key topics to be addressed include: phases of the swallow; signs and symptoms of swallowing difficulties and aspiration; and special diet considerations.