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Topic: The Role of Social Stimulation in Sufficient Independent Food Intake in the Geriatric Population of Skilled Nursing Facilities

Presenter Information

Emma BellFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Communication Disorders

Minor

Spanish

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Megan Smetana, CCC-SLP; Warren Edminster, Ph. D.

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

This literature review aims to demonstrate the importance of social aspects in the successful independent feeding habits of geriatric patients within skilled nursing facilities. This thesis will be proven through the compilation and analysis of current research done on the benefits of high levels of social interaction and the positive impacts that they have on eating habits in this population. A broad review of common feeding settings within a skilled nursing facility will be conducted in conjunction with prevalent barriers to socialization for this particular population. Furthermore, an overview of common trends in food consumption of the elderly within skilled nursing facilities will be examined, as well as an investigation into the factors which have been identified as contributing to these trends. Finally, an in-depth analysis of the positive effects a socially-rich environment has on the intake of food within these types of facilities in this specific population will be conducted.

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Topic: The Role of Social Stimulation in Sufficient Independent Food Intake in the Geriatric Population of Skilled Nursing Facilities

This literature review aims to demonstrate the importance of social aspects in the successful independent feeding habits of geriatric patients within skilled nursing facilities. This thesis will be proven through the compilation and analysis of current research done on the benefits of high levels of social interaction and the positive impacts that they have on eating habits in this population. A broad review of common feeding settings within a skilled nursing facility will be conducted in conjunction with prevalent barriers to socialization for this particular population. Furthermore, an overview of common trends in food consumption of the elderly within skilled nursing facilities will be examined, as well as an investigation into the factors which have been identified as contributing to these trends. Finally, an in-depth analysis of the positive effects a socially-rich environment has on the intake of food within these types of facilities in this specific population will be conducted.