Dysphagia in the elderly--a management challenge for nurses.

  title={Dysphagia in the elderly--a management challenge for nurses.},
  author={Heather Morris},
  journal={British journal of nursing},
  volume={15 10},
Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) is relatively common in the general population, but the prevalence increases with age and poses particular problems in the older patient, potentially compromising nutritional status, complicating the administration of solid medications, increasing the risk of aspiration pneumonia and undermining the quality of life. The repercussions of dysphagia are not only physical but also emotional, affecting patient morale and leading to feelings of social isolation… CONTINUE READING

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