Managing Feeding and Swallowing Deficits for Persons with Dementia

Managing Feeding and Swallowing Deficits for Persons with Dementia 

Dementia can lead to impairment of a person’s oral intake due to various reasons, but nutrition and hydration remain essential for the health and well-being of these individuals. This course will cover feeding and swallowing difficulties associated with dementia. You will learn about various dementia staging tools, other assessments, selection of practical intervention strategies, and end of life issues related to nutrition and hydration.


Hours: 1.25


Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association


This course is offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional Area).

Kansas Health Department of Aging and Disability Services (Speech)

1.25 HOURS

Approved for 1.25 continuing education clock hours for Kansas Speech Pathologists and Audiologists by the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability. Long Term Sponsorship number LTS-S1057. This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours.

Course Details

Course Code: REL-RT-0-MFSDPD
Hours: 1.25
Type: Online Course
Content Expiration Date: 9/30/2021
Learning Objectives:
State primary risk factors and causes of death related to dementia.
List at least 2 dementia staging tools and the rationale for using each to determine a patient’s level of cognitive impairment.
Cite at least 3 dementia assessments useful with persons who have feeding and swallowing concerns.
Explain how to implement at least 5 practical treatment strategies to improve feeding and swallowing in persons who have dementia.


Managing Feeding and Swallowing Deficits for Persons with Dementia

Feeding and Swallowing Deficits with Dementia

Prevalence and Types of Dementia

Prevalence of Dementia

Mortality with Dementia (For Year 2015)

Types of Dementia

Types of Dementia: Alzheimer’s Disease

Types of Dementia: Vascular Dementia

Types of Dementia: Dementia with Lewy Bodies

Types of Dementia: Fronto-temporal Lobar Degeneration

Types of Dementia: Mixed Dementia

Knowledge Check

Dementia Stages and Feeding/Swallowing Difficulties

Dementia Staging Systems: Simple Stages and Severity

Dementia Staging Models: Global Deterioration Scale (GDS)

Dementia Staging Models: BCRS, GDS, and FAST

Dementia Staging Models: Allen Cognitive Disability Model

Dementia Staging Models: Allen Cognitive Disability Model Tests

Dementia Staging Models: GEMS Brain Change Model

Other Screening Tools

Other Assessments

Knowledge Check

Feeding and Swallowing Deficits with Dementia

Development of Feeding and Swallowing Concerns

Some Feeding and Swallowing Deficits with Dementia

Impact of Weight Loss

Factors Related to Malnutrition and Risk for Malnutrition

Factors Related to Self-Feeding

Impact of Oral Hygiene

Knowledge Check

Feeding and Swallowing Strategies with Dementia

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration with Advanced Dementia

Intervention Strategies:  Research Evidence

What Worked?

Knowledge Check

Practical Strategies for Feeding and Swallowing

Practical Strategies for Dementia Stages

Practical Strategies: Disorientation at Mealtime

Practical Strategies: Wandering at Mealtime

Practical Strategies: Catastrophic Reactions at Mealtime

Practical Strategies: Difficulty Using Utensils

Practical Strategies: Not Opening Mouth

Practical Strategies: Not Chewing

Practical Strategies: Pocketing and Choking

Practical Strategies: Other Intake Concerns

Knowledge Check



Instructor: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP
Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP, is a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist with over 30 years of experience. She obtained her bachelor's degree in psychology from Jacksonville State University and her Master of Science degree in speech-language pathology from The University of Alabama. She worked with clients of all ages and a variety of diagnostic conditions in school, hospital, skilled nursing facility, outpatient clinic, and home health settings. In her previous role as a national clinical director for a large contract therapy company, she created training programs for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology related to the clinical rehabilitation needs of older adults in post-acute care. She currently draws upon her expertise in her role at Relias as Lead Subject Matter Expert Writer for Speech-Language Pathology. She is a certified member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Pennsylvania Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Disclosure: Susan Almon-Matangos, MS/CCC-SLP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Target Audience:
The target audience for this course is: Intermediate level Speech and Language Pathologists; in the following settings: Post-Acute Care.
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Course Delivery Method and Format
Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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