Path to Dysphagia Diagnosis
  • Carinda Stout, MS CCC/SLP

September: World Alzheimer's Month

Although eating and drinking difficulties are fairly common in individuals with dementia, each person’s difficulties will be unique to them and their situation. A person with dementia may struggle to recognize the food and drink in front of them.

These problems may start because of changes that dementia causes in the brain, if they are given unfamiliar food, or because the food itself is presented differently.

They may also be unsure how to begin eating. These problems may start because of changes that dementia causes in the brain, if they are given unfamiliar food, or because the food itself is presented differently. A person with dementia may not eat or drink, even when they feel hungry, which can lead to weight loss. Someone with dementia may become dehydrated if they’re unable to communicate or recognize that they’re thirsty, or if they forget to drink. Placing a drink in front of someone doesn’t always mean they will drink it.

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