It could be medications, missing teeth, bad dentures, weaknesses in the coordination of the muscles in the tongue, pharynx and esophagus, or just general fatigue that cause difficulties in swallowing. Of course dry mouth is both a cause and an effect of many of these difficulties.
It could also be several neurological disorders, Parkinson’s Disease, a stroke or brain injury that is causing swallowing problems. Even healthy people can sense swallowing issues coming on gradually as they get older, according to a recent story on WZZM13, a broadcast from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
These kinds of changes often should be reported to a doctor or speech pathologist, the story noted. But there are several “accommodations” suggested for people who are having swallowing challenges.
- Take good care of your mouth and teeth
- Avoid problematic solid foods
- Take small bites and sips of meals insuring that food is chewed well
- Eat slowly
- Eat in an upright position
- Take pills one at a time or in applesauce
For the complete WZZM13 story, click on the following link: http://www.wzzm13.com/article/life/wellness/senior-wellness-struggles-with-swallowing/69-527606005