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The AgingCare.com forum is filled with people coming together to share valuable information. We’ve compiled experienced caregivers’ best tips and suggestions for coping with dysphagia and drooling.

When a loved one is having trouble swallowing, doctors often recommend thickening their meals and drinks to avoid choking and aspiration of particles into the lungs. Use these tips to encourage them to eat and learn how to pick the right thickening agent.

Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias progress slowly and unpredictably, which makes it hard for families and even doctors to determine when to bring in hospice. These guidelines can help you decide if a loved one is a candidate for end-of-life care.

Difficulties with swallowing, called dysphagia, can affect one’s ability to eat and pose risks like choking and aspiration pneumonia. Learn the signs of dysphagia and how to help your loved one eat and drink safely.

Many seniors have trouble swallowing medications. These two proven methods make taking pills quick and easy.

Of all the things I wish I had known before becoming a caregiver for someone with schizophrenia, this information tops the list.

There is an entire set of literature about the topic of not feeding at the end of life. It even has its own acronym, VSED (voluntarily stopping eating and drinking).

Assisted living and skilled nursing facilities seek to provide balanced, nutritional meals for their residents, but when your parent isn't eating enough, it could signal an underlying medical problem.

The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be frustrating and disruptive to daily living activities. The most common are rigidity, rest tremors, uncoordinated movements and postural instability. AgingCare shares many complimentary therapies that extend mobility as the disease continually progresses. Exercise is a key component in managing movement issues. Explore local community centers, senior centers or churches to discover available classes such as Tai Chi, yoga or dance.

A gastric feeding tube represents one way to nourish dementia-stricken elders who lose the ability to eat. However, research indicates that many doctors are not having discussions with caregivers regarding the pros and cons of feeding tube insertion.

"Wouldn't it be nice if you never had those "uncomfortable for everyone" moments with mom or dad that made you want to bury your head? Well, not only have we identified the most embarrassing moments you'll face as a caregiver, but we've got the best strategies for handling those oh-so-awkward situations.

Alzheimer's patients sometimes "forget" how to do automatic actions such as chewing, swallowing or eating.

People with Alzheimer's (AD) do not actually die from the disease itself. Although the most noticeable symptoms are cognitive impairment, AD weakens the body and the immune system in many ways that can leave patients vulnerable to secondary complications like pneumonia, various types of organ failure, and heart attacks.