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Except pickles and pickled asperagus. Those she will chew and swallow. We think that'd because the taste receptors for sour are do far back that the swallieing mechanism is undeterred.
As Maggie had mentioned above, person's sense of taste is altered... thus you will see elders diving into a pie, cupcake, ice cream, anything Little Debbies because they are still able to taste sugar.
Try giving soft foods like yogurt, pudding, applesauce, potatoes, etc.
If the patient has dementia, they may forget how to chew or even have trouble remembering to eat. Another concern may be a hiatal hernia. Check with either a geriatric physician or ENT just to be safe.
Softer foods can help too - such as applesauce, rice, gravy added on top of ground meat, mashed sweet potatoes, jello, etc if chewing or swallowing has become too difficult.
Try one of the high calorie Ensures.