Introduction - Dr. Renata Guedes

Speakers:
Dr. Renata Guedes

Summary

One of the biggest concerns in this elderly population are the risk factors for developing nutritional problems and oropharyngeal dysphagia (OD). A multi centric research of 12 nursing homes in Spain found that 69.6% of Nursing home residents presented clinical signs of OD. Residents with OD symptoms were more often malnourished compared to residents without OD symptoms. Best practices approaches and interventions regarding OD management, malnutrition and dehydration are necessary in this population