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Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2008 Nov;19(4):853-66, ix-x. doi: 10.1016/j.pmr.2008.06.002.

Dysphagia in the elderly.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 98 North Broadway, Suite 413, Baltimore, MD 21231, USA.

Abstract

The capacity to swallow or eat is a basic human need and can be a great pleasure. Older adults look forward to sharing mealtimes and participating in social interactions. The loss of capacity to swallow and dine can have far-reaching implications. With age, the ability to swallow undergoes changes that increase the risk for disordered swallowing, with devastating health implications for older adults. With the growth in the aging population, dysphagia is becoming a national health care burden and concern. Upward of 40% of people in institutionalized settings are dysphagic. There is a need to address dysphagia in ambulatory, acute care, and long-term care settings.

PMID:
18940645
PMCID:
PMC3182519
DOI:
10.1016/j.pmr.2008.06.002
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