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There are normal changes in our ability to communicate and to swallow food or liquids safely that occur with aging. However, when the brain is changing due to a neurodegenerative process such as dementia, the pattern of change may be different or accelerated. This presentation seeks to elucidate the difference between normal changes associated with aging and abnormal changes as a result of dementia in swallowing and communication skills. In addition, any available preventative measures, treatment options or compensatory strategies are also explored. 

Workshop for care partners related to person living with dementia.

Guest Speaker: Nesanet Girma

Nesanet Girma graduated with a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology at Western University in 2006. Since 2007, Nesanet has worked within the Krembil Neuroscience program at Toronto Western Hospital assessing and treating adult patients with swallowing or communication disorders. As a speech-language pathologist within a teaching hospital, Nesanet is involved in research on aphasia and swallowing disorders.

Workshop will be presented using Zoom, registration is required.

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