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Saturday

3:50 PM – 4:35 PM EDT

The Prevalence of Dysphagia: Results from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

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Authors:

Rebecca Affoo, PhD, CCC-SLP, SLP-Reg, S-LP(C), Dalhousie University; Bonnie Lam, BSc, McMaster University; Jinhui Ma, PhD, McMaster University; Ashwini Namasivayam-MacDonald, PhD, S-LP(C), CCC-SLP, Reg. CASLPO, McMaster University.

This session will focus on describing results from a secondary cross-sectional analysis of Canadian population-based data to highlight the prevalence of dysphagia in community-dwelling older adults aged 45 years and older at baseline, and then at follow-up approximately three years later. Prevalence of dysphagia will be examined across provinces and key demographic characteristics such as age, sex, race, education, income, and location. The results will be compared with data from other countries. Implications for policy and practice will be discussed.

Level

Introductory

Intended Audience

Speech-Language Pathologists, Communication Health Assistants, Students

Age Group(s)

Adult (18-64), Senior (65+)