Ingestion and Alzheimer's Disease: Evidence of Early Changes Eating and swallowing are both impaired in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Research is limited in this area but has focused primarily on the late stages of the disease. A few studies have been completed in individuals with mild AD and reveal that changes begin early in the disease process, generally before ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2012
Ingestion and Alzheimer's Disease: Evidence of Early Changes
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  • Leah A. Sheaffer
    University of Houston, Houston, TX
  • Stephanie K. Daniels
    University of Houston, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston, TX
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Swallowing, Dysphagia & Feeding Disorders / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Articles
Article   |   October 01, 2012
Ingestion and Alzheimer's Disease: Evidence of Early Changes
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2012, Vol. 21, 91-95. doi:10.1044/sasd21.3.91
SIG 13 Perspectives on Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia), October 2012, Vol. 21, 91-95. doi:10.1044/sasd21.3.91

Eating and swallowing are both impaired in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Research is limited in this area but has focused primarily on the late stages of the disease. A few studies have been completed in individuals with mild AD and reveal that changes begin early in the disease process, generally before an individual or family is aware of deficits. Further research is warranted to determine if treatment in the early stage of the disease can prolong safe, efficient, and independent feeding and swallowing.

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