Expiratory Muscle Strength Training for Older Individuals
Aspire Respiratory Products is pleased to host the fourth in a series of free speaker events offered to health-focused professionals in 2021. The series brings experts together to share and discuss important health and physical wellbeing topics. This next event, “Expiratory Muscle Strength Training for Older Individuals” will be presented by the highly respected Dean, researcher, and author Dr. Bari Hoffman.
Event Overview: As the nation continues to gray, this 30-minute presentation will review breathing and vocal weakness in older individuals. Sarcopenia, or the weakening of muscles with age, can create detrimental effects of respiratory stamina and weaken the voice. The result is sedentary behavior leading to further muscle weakness and loss of breathing and voice function. Dr. Hoffman will discuss aging effects on skeletal muscle and recommend a preventative treatment protocol that includes an array of behavioral treatments, including respiratory muscle strength training. Incorporation of these techniques into a home-based therapy approach will be a key focus of this presentation.
About Dr. Hoffman: Dr. Bari Hoffman is the Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs in the College of Health Professions and Sciences at the University of Central Florida. She also serves as the Director of the Ear, Nose, Throat and Plastic Surgery Associates, Center for Voice Care and Swallowing Disorders in Orlando, Florida. Dr. Hoffman is known for her education and numerous publications for treating upper airway issues that affect voice production and impair respiratory airway resistance. She is an author of three widely disseminated textbooks as well as the author of chapters in other leading industry books. She has been awarded the Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the Florida Association of Speech Pathology and Audiology.
The 45-minute event will include a 30-minute presentation by Dr. Hoffman and a 15-minute question and answer session moderated by Dr. Christine Sapienza, Ph.D., CCC-SLP. Areas of discussion will include: How EMST holds promise as an exercise program for aging individuals and the use of respiratory muscle strength training as prevention for known age-related decline in muscle strength.
Who Should Attend: Speech-Language Pathologists and all healthcare professionals interested in learning how EMST can effectively serve the needs of older individuals.