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Making The Most of Mealtime: Helping Older Adults Compensate for Sensory Impairment During Meals

# e111   Making The Most of Mealtime: Helping Older Adults Compensate for Sensory Impairment During Meals

by Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP

0.1 CEUs

$ 24.00

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. This course will address solutions for these environmental barriers as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for older adults with dysphagia and dementia.  Examples for research on the physical and social environment will be shared.  Offered for 0.1 ASHA CEU – 1 contact hour.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

Course Format: Video PowerPoint presentation with author narration & downloadable handout.

At eCourse conclusion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the normal changes in vision, hearing, taste, smell, and touch that are part of the aging process.
  • Discuss the sensory changes that are part of dementia.
  • Incorporate the physical environment into the dysphagia assessment.
  • Identify aspects of the environment that can be modified to support functioning during meals.

 A score of 80% or better must be received on the post test in order 
to receive a certificate of completion.

AOTA

Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, Client Factors, Activity Demands

OT Process: Performance Skills, Context and Environment, Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes

Jennifer A. Brush, MA, CCC-SLP, is an award-winning Dementia Educator, author and consultant. Passionate about enriching the lives of people with dementia, Jennifer is on a mission to put the focus of care on the person’s preferences, interests and abilities. With her 25 years of industry experience, including leading countless live national and international trainings, facilitating ground-breaking research, and managing innovative person-centered care projects for The Mayer-Rothschild Foundation, Jennifer flawlessly bridges the gap between care communities and the individuals they serve. Jennifer serves on the Association Montessori International Advisory Board for Montessori for Aging and Dementia and is the only person in the US teaching this international program.

Jennifer is the author of 5 nationally recognized books on dementia including the silver-medal winning Creative Connections in Dementia Care and I Care, the gold-medal winning work that also received a 5-star rating as a Reader Favorite. Jennifer is widely known for her revolutionary work in the Spaced Retrieval memory intervention, pioneering this area of study and publishing 2 books on the subject.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial — Jennifer Brush is presenter of online CE courses sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives royalties.

Financial — Jennifer Brush is presenter of CE seminars sponsored by Northern Speech Services; receives speaking fees. 

Financial — Jennifer Brush is author of "Meal Time Matters" and "Meal Time Matters at Home"; receives royalties.
 
Financial  Jennifer Brush is author of "A Therapy Technique for Improving Memory: Spaced Retrieval"
and "Environment and Communication Assessment Toolkit"; receives royalties.
 
Financial — Jennifer Brush is an editor and author for IDEAS Institute; receives consulting fees. 
 
Financial — Jennifer Brush is owner of Brush Development; ownership interests. 
 
Nonfinancial — Jennifer Brush has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

 


Intended Audience

  • OT
  • SLP

This program is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area).

Offered for 1 CEEs. Northern Speech Services’ continuing education activities are eligible for Speech-Language and Audiology Canada (SAC) Continuing Education Equivalents (CEEs) in speech-language pathology. An activity’s eligibility for CEEs does not imply SAC’s endorsement of its content or any associated products or procedures.


AOTA: Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. #4095.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Content Disclosure: The content of this online CE course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found by clicking on the Presenter & Disclosures tab.

ASHA CEUs: NSS online courses are registered with ASHA and are offered for ASHA CEUs. The number of CEUs is noted above. Note that 0.1 CEU = 1 contact hour = equals 1 CEE.

Licensing Boards: Most state licensing boards DO accept CEUs earned online (usually classified as home-study credits). Some state boards do, however, place a limit to the number of credits that can be earned via home study/online courses. For the most current information, we suggest that you contact your licensing board or agency to verify acceptance policies and/or any credit limits related to home-study courses prior to registering for this course.

ASHA CE Registry:  During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

ASHA CEUS: Attendees must meet at least one of the following conditions in order to be eligible to earn ASHA CEUs:

  • Current ASHA Member
  • ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) Holder
  • Licensed by a state or provincial regulatory agency to practice speech-language pathology (SLP) or audiology
  • Credentialed by a state regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Credentialed by a national regulatory agency to practice SLP or audiology
  • Engaged in a Clinical Fellowship under the supervision of an individual with their ASHA CCC
  • Currently enrolled in a masters or doctoral program in SLP or audiology

If an attendee is not an ASHA member or CCC holder but meets any of the above criteria, they may inform the ASHA CE Registry of their eligibility by visiting this site.

Additional accrediting agencies by which Northern Speech is an approved CE provider:

  • California: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board. Provider #PDP4. Online CEU limits may apply; please contact SLPAHADB for current online CEU acceptance policies.
  • Iowa: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Iowa Board of Speech Pathology and Audiology Examiners. Provider #169.
  • Kansas: NSS is approved as a provider of continuing education by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Provider #LTS-S0005.
  • Peer Reviewed: This course was peer reviewed and registered with ASHA on 02/28/2014.

  • Course Completion Timeframe: You have unlimited time to complete this online course. You may log off and log on as you wish in order to complete all sections of this course.

  • Content Access: Access to course materials and content does not expire, even after completing the post test. You may continue to review course material by logging into your NSS account, clicking the E-Courses tab, and then viewing your desired course.

  • Certificate of Completion: On successful completion of the post test (80%), a certificate will be immediately available for download and/or printing. This certificate will include your name, date of completion (based on the Eastern Standard Time Zone), and number of contact hours (CEUs / CEEs).

  • ASHA CE Registry Submission: During the enrollment process, if you select to receive ASHA credit for this course and if you provide your ASHA number, NSS will automatically submit your CEU information to the ASHA CE Registry after successful course completion (80% on post test). This submission happens once per month, during the first week of the month. For example, if you complete your course on November 7th, NSS will submit all November online course CEUs to ASHA during the first week of December. When ASHA inputs the information into their database, they will mark the course as completed on the last day of the month in which it was completed, so November 30th using this example. The certificate of completion available for you to print immediately, however, will reflect the actual completion date, November 7th in this example. Due to ASHA processing procedures please allow 2-3 weeks, from the submission date, for the course to appear on your ASHA transcript.

  • Purchase Orders: Purchase orders are NOT accepted when registering for online courses. Payment must be made online in the form of a credit or debit card payment.

  • More FAQ: Please click here.

More Offerings by: Jennifer Brush

Ecourses

  E-Course # Course Title & Author CEUs Price  
e77 Persons With Dementia: Adapting The Environment To Support Communication And ADLs
Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Carrie Bruce, MA, CCC-SLP, ATP and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Robin Chilton, MBA, OTR/L and Dr. Margaret Calkins, Ph.D.
0.15 $34.00
e07 Dysphagia Practice: Moving Toward More Comprehensive Treatment Protocols
Robert Arnold, SLP.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Roxann Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Ianessa Humbert, PhD, CCC-SLP and Cathy Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP
1.2 $149.00
e112 I Care: Educating Professional And Family Care Partners Of People With Dementia
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Kerry Mills, MPA
0.1 $19.00
e124 A Functional Approach for Achieving Meaningful Goals with Persons with Dementia
Michelle Bourgeois, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Mary Casper, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
0.3 $59.00
e141 Creative Connections in Dementia Care: Engaging Activities To Enhance Communication for People with Dementia
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Rev. Katie Norris, M.Div
0.2 $39.00
e142 Navigating Neurocognitive Disorders: Step-by-Step Identification, Evaluation, Intervention and Collaboration
Jeanette Benigas, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and Kelsey Loushin, LICDC-CS, CDP and Rev. Katie Norris, M.Div
0.85 $129.00
e154 Perspectives on Dysphagia Service Delivery: All About Treatment
Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC-SLP and James Coyle, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Karen Dikeman, MA, CCC-SLP, BRS-S and Roxann Gross, PhD, CCC-SLP and Jacqueline Hind, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Marta Kazandjian, MA, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Cathy Lazarus, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Jan Lewin, PhD,CCC-SLP, BCS-S and Christy Ludlow, PhD, CCC-SLP and Kathy Panther, MS, CCC-SLP and Jay Rosenbek, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-NCD and Paula Sullivan, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S
2.0 $199.00

Products

  Title Price  
I Care $14.00
A Clinician's Guide to Successful Evaluation and Treatment of Dementia $49.00

"Great information, easy to implement and something that SLPs don't often think about or receive training in. Good specific examples of strategies. Nice to see a unique course, right on trend. Good information. Well done." - C.B., 12/1/2016

"Very interesting course due to addressing aspects of meals and poor intake that not many professionals consider. Visuals were very good and made the subject easier to understand. This was easy to understand and relate to daily practice issues in my facility." - T.Y., 11/28/2016

"The discussion on contrast plates was most helpful. Good examples." - M.C., 6/29/2016

"Going over how to facilitate environment to facilitate success and improved intake was really beneficial. I liked the practical ideas." - R.L., 6/29/2016

"It's nice to review dementia and how to assist that population. I like that the course is convenient." - T.W., 3/23/2016

"The environmental mod was most beneficial. I liked that the course was easy to understand." - R.L., 12/28/2015

"The discussion re: how to modify the environment to facilitate meals. I liked that the course was functional and achievable." - L.G., 12/10/2015

"Recommending environmental changes to a dining area was really helpful. The handout of slides was very helpful, too." - L.M., 12/8/2015

"I've never heard such helpful tips about this topic before." - K.R.

"It deals with environmental factors which are frequently overlooked when trying to increase oral intake." - C.B.

"I enjoyed the entire course--very practical information.  I expect to try to implement ideas about lighting in my facility." - C.P.

"Addresses poor nutrition in elderly residents." - J.C.

"The dinning room at my facility has poor lighting.  After learning about the changes in lighting, this could be affecting the residents intake at meals." - A.G.

"The specific examples/pics of table and dining set-up were good." - S.H.

"The lighting and extended dining hours portion will be beneficial for my practice." - A.S.

"The content is timely and very relevant to professionals practicing in LTC. This is an important but often overlooked topic." - K.M.

"The visuals in the powerpoint are helpful. The presenter gave many examples of sensory deficits and practical recommendations for manipulating the environment." - K.M.

"The presenter gave many examples of sensory deficits and practical recommendations for manipulating the environment. Clinicians would be able to take the information they learn from this course and apply it immediately." - K.M.

"The content is highly related to a commonly addressed issue for SLPs working in geriatric settings." - B.D.

"Very detailed, accurate according to my experience and previous learning. There is inconsistent information out there research-wise addressing plate color, contrast and appetite. I appreciated the details of the study she shared to support the information she was provided - it focused on target population, whereas much of the info out there is based on general population." - B.D.

"Excellent course for highlighting benefits and opportunities for OT/SLP collaboration/ interdisciplinary approach to dining programs." - F.R.

 

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