Millions of elderly Americans have trouble swallowing food and liquids, a condition that’s known as dysphagia. When not properly addressed, a senior’s swallowing impairment can lead to more serious health problems like dehydration, malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia. If you are currently caring for an aging in place loved one with dysphagia, preparing them some appetizing and nutritious foods that are also easy to swallow can be challenging.
Your elderly mother has gum disease and needs several of her teeth pulled. Many aging in place seniors suffer from poor dentition, resulting in speaking and chewing difficulties that oftentimes place their health and wellbeing at risk. Mom’s dentist suggested dentures to replace the teeth once they’re extracted, but she’s hesitant to do so because of concerns that they’ll be too uncomfortable. What should you do?