Swallowing Disorders in the Elderly Articles

  • Swallowing Disorders: Tips for Using Food and Beverage Thickeners

    When a senior is having trouble swallowing, known as dysphagia, doctors recommend thickening meals and drinks to avoid choking and aspiration. Use these tips to address dehydration and malnutrition issues in people who have a swallowing disorder.

  • Dysphagia: How to Help a Loved One Eat and Drink Safely

    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.

  • Pill-Swallowing Methods for Simplifying Medication Administration

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

  • Dry Mouth in the Elderly Can Have a Big Impact on Senior Health

    Dry mouth in the elderly is often caused by medications and can have a big impact on a senior's health. Talk to your aging loved ones doctor or dentist about any difficulty or changes in eating, tasting, swallowing, talking or denture retention.

  • Hospice Care for Advanced Dementia: When Is It Time?

    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.

  • Caregiver Communication About Feeding Tube Insertion

    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.

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  • The 4 Most Challenging Caregiver Situations

    Caring for aging family members throws many challenges our way. Explore strategies for helping an aging loved one with toileting, bathing, dining out, and navigating public outings as they become part of your regular care routine.

  • Why Do People Die from Alzheimer’s Disease?

    The most noticeable symptom of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is memory loss, but this progressive condition ultimately weakens the immune system and prevents the body from functioning properly. Complications like infections are often the cause of death.

  • The Stages of Parkinson's Disease

    Parkinson's is a progressive disease, and symptoms worsen over time. This commonly used system describes the stages of Parkinson's and what symptoms to expect during each phase.

  • Parkinson’s Disease Top Tips: Managing Swallowing Issues

    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.

  • What I Wish I Had Known about Schizophrenia

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

  • Alzheimer’s Ethics: Not Being Fed When You Can’t Feed Yourself

    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).

  • How to Know if a Parent is Eating in the Senior Living Community

    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.

  • Tips for Common Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

    The symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be frustrating and disruptive to activities of daily living. Explore these tips for motion and exercise as a key technique for managing movement issues.

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  • Why Do Alzheimer's Patients Forget to Eat or Swallow?

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

  • What is Parkinson's Disease?

    Parkinson's disease overview, covering signs and symptoms of this progressive neurological disorder.

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