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Administering drugs to patients with swallowing difficulties.

Dysphagia is prevalent in older patients for a number of reasons. Older people are more prone to diseases linked to dysphagia, such as advanced Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and cancer (Eggenberger and Nelms, 2004; Finestone and Greene-Finestone, 2003). It has been estimated that up to 40 per cent of patients who experience stroke suffer from swallowing problems (Eggenberger and Nelms, 2004).

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