Dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, is a disorder that may be caused by stroke, neurological disease, dementia, or other factors. It poses the danger of aspiration and choking, while also increasing the likelihood of dehydration and malnutrition over time.
If a loved one or friend has been diagnosed with dysphagia, you probably feel concerned, empathetic, and maybe even confused. When you are taking on the caregiver role for a person diagnosed with a swallowing disorder, you may also feel overwhelmed. Understanding the causes of this disorder, as well as the necessary care precautions, and even the emotional aspects involved, will help to making caring for your friend or loved one an easier and more productive experience.