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Medicine for Older Patients

Resources and information about dysphagia for older patients.

Dysphagia is a common symptom that affects 50% of older patients[1]. It’s a key concern in patients who have underlying health conditions such as dementia, intellectual disabilities, cancer or who have had a stroke. Therefore, understanding options for how older patients with swallowing difficulties can take their medication is important.

Firstly, we’ll talk about some of the common healthcare considerations for older patients.

Healthcare for Older Patients

The modern advancements and technological innovation over the last few decades mean that people across the globe are living for longer. However, an increased life span can cause health problems, with there being many common conditions affecting older patients.

According to the World Health Organisation[2]

  • Hearing loss
  • Cataracts
  • Back and neck pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Older couple walking arm in arm

Dysphagia in Older Patients

The prestigious US-based Mayoclinic [3] considers ageing as a key risk factor in dysphagia. This is because as we age, there is a natural wear and tear on the osophegus, as well as a greater risk of other conditions such as dementia, strokes or Parkinson’s.

Dysphagia can be treated in a number of ways, with the Quality Care Commission (CQC) recommending that treatment can include:

  • Exercises to help improve the efficiency of the swallow
  • Strategies that can be followed when eating and drinking to improve safety and/or comfort [4]
  • Additionally, advice can be given by healthcare professionals to patients about posture, food, the environment and other factors that could help with dysphagia.


Oral Liquid Medicines for Older Patients

When older people have swallowing difficulties, they may struggle to take their medication in tablets or capsules. This can lead to tablet or capsule manipulation or crushing, which in some cases can impact on the safety or efficacy of the medicine.

Our oral liquid medicines cover a range of different therapeutic areas and can be safer for older patients to swallow. All our products are extremely palatable, with options to control the correct dosage.

It’s important to always follow the advice given by clinicians or healthcare professionals for patients with dysphagia.

To discover more about how to manage dysphagia, visit our helpful resources at Rosemont Liquid Medicines.