Dysphagia can lead to aspiration pneumonia and sufferers with AD sometimes do not get the proper nutrition in which they "waste" away. It is such a hard thing to see your loved one deal with. Unfortunately, there is no crystal ball to let you know how long one can hang on with dysphagia. But it gets harder and harder for them to get the nutrients they need and to avoid AP.
Here are some tips to help with eating:www.livestrong.com/article/105308-alzheimer-swallowing-strategies/
I applaud your effort for taking on the role of caregiver. I wished more younger adults would do this for their elderly. You must really love your grandmother :)
SHERRYModerator-Allergies/Asthma and Alzheimer's, Co-moderator-UC
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