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Oral health screening may decrease aspiration pneumonia risk for adults with dementia in residential aged care

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Goldberg, LR and Westbury, JL and Langmore, SE and Crocombe, LA and Kent, K and Heiss, C, Oral health screening may decrease aspiration pneumonia risk for adults with dementia in residential aged care, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, 15 - 17 November 2018, Boston, USA (2018) [Conference Extract]


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Abstract

Many adults with dementia are dependent for feeding, oral care, and at-risk for aspiration pneumonia. Speech pathologists can facilitate oral health screening when these adults move into care. In screening 142 residents, 78% warranted a dental referral; 57% were at risk for malnourishment; 13% were malnourished; 70% indicated difficulty with, or apprehension about, swallowing thin liquids safely. Implications are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:Oral health screening, aspiration pneumonia, dementia, residential care
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Health Promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health Education and Promotion
UTAS Author:Goldberg, LR (Associate Professor Lyn Goldberg)
UTAS Author:Westbury, JL (Dr Juanita Breen)
UTAS Author:Crocombe, LA (Associate Professor Leonard Crocombe)
UTAS Author:Kent, K (Dr Katherine Kent)
ID Code:130941
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2019-02-20
Last Modified:2019-04-02
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