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Swallowing problems or oral pharyngeal dysphagia (OD) has many aetiological factors, is associated with a poor prognosis and eventually death. OD is recognised by many to be a new “Geriatric Giant”. Many countries are experiencing an ageing population, which inevitably means an increase in the number of people with long-term conditions (including frailty). OD will occur in the context of many long-term conditions, not just neurological disease, and is common in the presence of frailty. The frequency of OD in some medical conditions may reach 100% as the disease severity progresses.
There are many questions to be asked, including the question “what is normal” in the older generations particularly the very old. Without understanding this many people will be “medicalised” and investigated inappropriately.
This Special Edition is inviting papers on all subjects (e.g. pathophysiology, prevalence, management, rehabilitation) to do with swallowing and OD in older people, both reviews and novel research.