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The 6th March every year is celebrated around Europe to highlight the impact of different types of communication and swallowing disorders on people’s lives. In 2017 the focus is on swallowing disorders (dysphagia). We aim to provide information about dysphagia as well as about the services, intervention and support available.
People of all ages can have difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing (also known as “dysphagia”). This can happen at different times in life and for a range of reasons – including developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, cognitive impairment, brain injury, stroke, progressive disorders such as dementia and cancer. Dysphagia can lead to malnutrition, dehydration, chest infections or choking, and it may also impact on psychological health.