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What helps an older adult who has problems with chewing and swallowing?

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Cut food into small pieces and serve softer foods, like mashed potatoes and cottage cheese. You might also need to puree meals. If swallowing is a problem, thicker liquids and a straw can help. Make sure to serve water with meals.

Congress of California Seniors: “Nutrition.”

The University of Maine: “Good Nutrition for Older Adults.”

Family Caregiving Alliance: “Feeding and Nutrition (for dementia).”

NIH, National Institute on Aging: “Vitamins and Minerals,” “Choosing Healthy Meals as You Get Older: 10 Healthy Eating Tips for People 65+.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Special Nutrient Needs of Older Adults.”

CDC: “High Blood Pressure.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture: choosemyplate.gov

Alzheimer’s Association: “Food, Eating, and Alzheimer’s.”

NIH, National Institute on Aging, Go4Life: “Making Smart Food Choices,” “Overcoming Roadblocks to Healthy Eating.”

American Institute for Cancer Research: “Nutrition After 50.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

Congress of California Seniors: “Nutrition.”

The University of Maine: “Good Nutrition for Older Adults.”

Family Caregiving Alliance: “Feeding and Nutrition (for dementia).”

NIH, National Institute on Aging: “Vitamins and Minerals,” “Choosing Healthy Meals as You Get Older: 10 Healthy Eating Tips for People 65+.”

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: “Special Nutrient Needs of Older Adults.”

CDC: “High Blood Pressure.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture: choosemyplate.gov

Alzheimer’s Association: “Food, Eating, and Alzheimer’s.”

NIH, National Institute on Aging, Go4Life: “Making Smart Food Choices,” “Overcoming Roadblocks to Healthy Eating.”

American Institute for Cancer Research: “Nutrition After 50.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 23, 2019

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