What is Dysphagia?
Dysphagia is the medical term for swallowing difficulties.
People with dysphagia may have difficulty moving food or fluids around their mouth or down their throat, and may drool, cough, choke or even inhale food or fluid particles as a result, which can lead to aspiration pneumonia.
Dysphagia is normally symptomatic of other, more serious health conditions.
Up to 50% of Australian aged care residents have dysphagia.
Up to 22% of Australians have dysphagia.
The Role of Nutrition in Dysphagia
Dysphagia makes eating and drinking more difficult and dangerous than normal, leading to anxiety when eating and drinking. Consequently, people with dysphagia may not receive the fluid, energy, protein, vitamins and minerals their bodies need, which can result in serious medical conditions like malnutrition and dehydration.
People with dysphagia need nutritional solutions that are safe, easy and effective. For some people, this can mean eating texture-modified food. For others, drinking fluids that have been thickened to prevent aspiration can help them get the right nutrients.
Everyone’s dysphagia is different, but the one thing we all share is the need for good hydration and nutrition.
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