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Dysphagia - Part X

Tips for safely managing dysphagia at home

Be mindful of timing

For people with dysphagia symptoms that accompany chronic illnesses like MS or Parkinson’s, extreme fatigue and weakness can make eating for more than 15 minutes at a time simply exhausting. The more tired your older adult is, the harder time they will have swallowing food and drink correctly.

A speech pathologist may recommend that they eat and drink for short amounts of time spread out throughout the day. A dysphagia diagnosis takes caregiving to the next level, especially if you’re managing care for an aging parent or older adult who already has other chronic conditions. Speak with your older adult’s doctor right away if you are worried about any trouble swallowing or if you notice any dysphagia symptoms.

Helpful tests and consultations with speech pathologists and nutritionists as well as the 7 tips above will give you the tools you need to keep your older adult as healthy as possible.

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