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The Relationship of Aspiration Status With Tongue and Handgrip Strength in Healthy Older Adults

Lower anterior and posterior isometric and swallowing tongue strength were dependent on aspiration status. Lower lingual strength in healthy adults may predispose them to aspiration. The correlation between tongue and handgrip strength is consistent with the hypothesis that impaired oropharyngeal strength reflects global age-related declines in muscle strength.

from the Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences