Issues and Challenges in Managing Patients with Dementia and Dysphagia
Dysphagia is a frequent complication of patients with dementia. Failure to receive adequate and safe nutrition contributes to the progression of the disease and impacts survival. Because of the potential compromise to cognitive status, clinicians must work aggressively prior to the patientʼs inability to cooperate with rehabilitation strategies that might assist them in avoiding the complications dysphagia often precipitates. Therefore, strategies that are designed to prevent dysphagia should be the focus of interventions that target nutritional integrity and swallowing safety. Avoiding the consequences of dysphagia has important implications for the cost of healthcare for patients with dementia).
Japanese Journal of Gerondontology
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