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People with dementia can lose the ability to undertake everyday activities including eating and drinking. This may mean they are no longer able to recognise food or know what to do with it, and therefore develop swallowing difficulties.
Swallowing problems in people with dementia is more to do with physical deterioration of the swallowing reflex, plus the damage to the person's brain affecting the signals of how to eat and swallow.
Not recognising food or knowing what to do with it is more closely linked to malnutrition than dysphagia.
Contents of this mini book:
Introducing the safer swallowing
Swallowing difficulties and dementia
Treating swallowing difficulties / dysphagia
Important note on treatments
Causes of dysphagia
Safer swallowing is important because...
Position and safer swallowing
Sign and symptoms of dysphagia
Impacts of dysphagia on the person
The potential to choke on saliva, phlegm and vomit