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Senior Outlook Today: Dysphagia Nutrition

An elderly man, at right, sits on a tan couch pouring Thick-It® Clear Advantage® Thickened Apple Juice into a glass while his wife, center, and a female healthcare professional in blue scrubs, at left, smile and look on.

Each year, one in 25 adults experience a swallowing problem. Older adults are more likely to have dysphagia, including up to 68 percent of residents in long-term care. This is due to physical changes from aging that affect swallowing mechanics as well as a higher risk of conditions like stroke or Parkinson’s disease.

In a recent Senior Outlook Today article titled “Tips to Elevate Nutrition for Those Living with Dysphagia,” author Margaret Roche, MS, RD, CSG, CDCES, FAND offers seven tips those with dysphagia and their caregivers can implement to maintain proper nutrition with a dysphagia diet.

Read the full article here. For additional information, tools, and support for patients with dysphagia and their caregivers, visit our resources and product pages.


Margaret Roche, MS, RD, CSG, CDE, FAND is the founder of Roche Dietitians and a nationally recognized leader in nutrition for healthcare. A champion for senior nutrition, she advocates for quality improvement with texture-modified diets and has trained thousands on IDDSI implementation. Margaret’s opinions and advice are her own. Roche Dietitians has previously been compensated by Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc., producers of the Thick-It® brand family of products, for their research and industry insights.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, treatment, or the use of Thick-It® or Sqwincher® products. The information contained herein is general in nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment in any manner.

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