My 94 year-old mother has been eating seemingly well. But, lately, she has been putting more and more food in her mouth, but not swallowing it all. I just gave her some mac 'n cheese with ham. She ate it. Then she had some pudding. She ate that, too. After that, she started spitting out the ham. My brother said she did the same thing with meat last night. The food is chewed up enough to swallow. I understand that people with dementia eventually have problems swallowing. She has not been diagnosed with that, though I wonder if she has started with vascular dementia (memory not affected that much yet). Is this spitting food out the first stages of not being able to swallow?