Steak and chips, fish dinner and beans on toast as youve never seen them before: The food bringing dignity to the elderly – The Telegraph


Posted: November 29, 2019 at 12:41 am

If this plate of steak and chips looks a bit unusual, that is because it has been blended and remoulded to be safe for stroke, dementia and Parkinsons patients to eat.

The novel food has been designed to bring dignity and choice to the one in four elderly people in the UK who have problems swallowing.

Known as texture modified foods, the meals are made of real ingredients like meat, potatoes and vegetables which are blended into a smooth paste before being moulded into shape.

Experts say it means thousands of elderly people who are unable to swallow normal food can safely experience eating a proper" meal without the risk of choking on lumps - instead of having to rely on eating pureed, baby food meals which can be boring and undignified.

As many as one in four people aged over 76 in the UK suffers from difficulties swallowing, known medically as dysphagia.

The condition, which ranges in severity from being unable to swallow certain foods to being completely unable to swallow, is usually caused by other health problems which damage control of the mouth and throat.

Studies suggest dysphagia affects around 300,000 stroke patients in the UK, as well as up to one in five people with dementia and up to two thirds of later-stage Parkinsons patients.

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