The article "Many people have a hard time swallowing. Help them to 'eat, drink and be merry' this Christmas" (Hemsley, B, Freeman-Anderson, A, Nund, R, 2018) highlights the struggle many people with dysphagia experience. Treatment often involves speech pathologist as the point of access to critical interventions. However many different health professions are involved in treatment of dysphagia
According to the article, approximately 8% of the worlds population has difficulty swallowing. Difficulty swallowing is classified into 3 main types, oral dysphagia, pharyngeal dysphagia and esophageal dysphagia. It is possible for a person to experience one, two, or all three types of dysphagia. It affects a wide array of people, of all ages, and may be due to a variety of causes including:
This is an important article as it focuses on an issue that is often kept private but affects so many. Let's strive to make our holiday celebrations dysphagia friendly!
We, at CMR, wish you and yours a very happy holiday season.
Hemsley, B., Freeman-Anderson, A., Nund, R. "Many people have a hard time swallowing. Help them to 'eat, drink and be merry' this Christmas" The Conversation, 13 December 2018, http://theconversation.com/many-people-have-a-hard-time-swallowing-help-them-to-eat-drink-and-be-merry-this-christmas-108426 Accessed 14 December 2018.