4. Dysphagia

The following is adapted from the National Institutes of Health at www.nih.gov.

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Some residents may require a modified diet due to difficulty swallowing, also known as dysphagia.

People with dysphagia have difficulty swallowing and may also experience pain while swallowing. Some people may be completely unable to swallow or may have trouble swallowing liquids, foods, or saliva. Eating then becomes a challenge. Often, dysphagia makes it difficult to take in enough calories and fluids to nourish the body.