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Digestive Disorder

Fecal Incontinence

Introduction Fecal (stool) incontinence means uncontrolled passage of bowel movements. Losing control over bowel movements and becoming incontinent is humiliating for most older people. Older people who become incontinent of feces (stool) often fear that others will view them as helpless and dependent. Fortunately, fecal incontinence can often be cured …

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Dysphagia

Introduction Dysphagia means difficulty in swallowing. It also includes the feeling that the food is stuck in the throat or between the throat and the stomach. Difficulty in swallowing is more common among older people. About 5% to 10% of older people who live independently have difficulty in swallowing. Swallowing …

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