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Posted by SharonC on May 09, 2000 at 19:42:48:

In Reply to: swallowing posted by Linda on May 05, 2000 at 18:18:30:

: With the progression of alzheimers do some patients lose their ability to swallow? My mother has been losing weight rapidly and she has trouble chewing and swallowing. Please reply if you have information.
: Thanks! Linda

Hi Linda,
I work with alzheimers and yes they do lose their ability to swallow. The food should be almost a porridge consistency plus thicken fluid.
This could be done using a blender and also purchasing a thickening powder that is added to liquids to allow the patience to swallow it.
I also agree your Doctor should be made aware of this. Hope this helps.

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