Dysphagia is the medical term used to describe difficulty with swallowing. This can include solids and/or liquids. Difficulties with swallowing and feeding can result in choking , pulmonary problems, inadequate nutrition, dehydration and weight loss.
This could be a result of neurological conditions (Parkinson’s disease, ALS, stroke), head and neck cancer - post radiation, dementia, vocal cord paralysis and age related changes. Adults experiencing these issues will benefit from swallowing therapy to regain function through exercises, developing safe swallowing strategies and in some cases, modification of the texture of their foods and liquids.