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Managing Dementia and Dysphagia with Spring Hills

September 8, 2017 | Blog

There are some startling symptoms that can arise with dementia. Swallowing difficulties – dysphagia – may be one that you notice as dementia progresses. At the Spring Hills assisted living facilities, our team of highly trained and experienced memory care caregivers have the expertise to help our seniors work through any frustrations or complications associated with dementia. We offer this aid to both our assisted living residents and home care recipients, with the dedication to provide the care and attention they need to continue leading healthy and happy lives.

The Link Between Dementia and Swallowing Difficulties

Dementia and Swallowing DifficultiesWhen elderly patients suffer from later stage Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, part or parts of the brain may be damaged, resulting in complications related to coordination and behavior. They may find it physically difficult to chew and swallow or may be compelled to eat too quickly, leading to choking or problems swallowing.

If they are taking medications that cause dry mouth, this may further exacerbate the swallowing difficulties and frequency of choking. One of the dangers of choking or difficulties swallowing is the possibility of food being inhaled into the lungs, which can cause aspiration pneumonia.

Signs of Dysphagia in Dementia

If you suspect that your loved one may be developing difficulties swallowing, look for the following symptoms:

If your loved one exhibits these signs, they may be suffering from dysphagia and may require further attention and care.

Tips for Managing Dysphagia

Thankfully, there are a number of simple ways you can make it easier for your loved one to swallow food and drink. You could try:

Our capable and dedicated caregivers work with residents and home care patients with dysphagia regularly. We even offer dedicated dining services for our seniors to ensure they have access to nutritious meals that suit their needs. Contact us if you have any questions about dementia and dysphagia or to find out how we can help your loved one eat and drink safely.

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