...Hospice personnel often work with people who have this issue, so I asked Antoinette Ryba, RN, who is a Patient Advocate, Care Manager and Health Coach, for some suggestions. Ryba is also a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. Ryba tells us that difficulty swallowing, clinically known as dysphagia, can occur for a variety of reasons including oral neoplasms (growths that may or may not be cancerous), neuromuscular disorders and dementia. “There are recognizable, yet often subtle, signs and symptoms indicating dysphagia,” Ryba says.
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