Long-Term Care

Individualized strategies for managing dysphagia

PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, August 18, 2017

The act of swallowing, for those who do not have difficulty with it, can feel like second nature. But when this ability starts to diminish—a common symptom of aging—affected individuals are forced into a world where things that are necessary to survive, such as food and water, pose potentially life-threatening challenges. Studies show that approximately 53%–74% of long-term care facility residents have dysphagia.

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