Can dementia cause throat problems?

Why are there swallowing problems? As dementia progresses it affects the area of the brain that controls swallowing. In advanced dementia the person may have a weak swallow or lose the ability to swallow safely. For example, they may cough or choke after swallowing food or drinks.

Does Alzheimer’s cause throat problems?

Dysphagia, or swallowing impairment, is a growing concern in Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). It frequently leads to aspiration pneumonia, a common cause of death in this population [1], particularly in the later stage of AD [1–4].

What type of dementia affects swallowing?

– Frontotemporal dementia (often called Pick’s disease) affects the frontal lobe of the brain which is linked to behaviour, and can cause some particularly challenging issues around food, including swallowing and chewing.

What stage of dementia is dysphagia?

Dementia progresses differently in each person, so it can be difficult to know what to expect and when. However, dysphagia often presents in late-stage dementia patients who tend to have difficulty communicating and may even be nonverbal.

Why do dementia patients get dysphagia?

Dysphagia is a swallowing difficulty. It is very common for individuals with dementia to have difficulties with feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing. Problems with swallowing can be as a result of changes that occur in the brain as well as environmental challenges (e.g. a noisy dining room).

Is swallowing a problem with dementia?

As dementia progresses, swallowing difficulties (called dysphagia) become more common, although they will vary from person to person. Difficulties may include the person chewing continuously or holding food in their mouth. Swallowing difficulties can lead to weight loss, malnutrition and dehydration.

Is dysphagia in end of life symptom?

Swallowing difficulties are common at the end of life and dysphagia, a severe swallowing difficulty, is a sign that a person’s disease is at end stage. If a person is having swallowing problems, we can refer them to a speech pathologist for a swallowing assessment and guidance for appropriate interventions.