The following are risk factors for difficulty swallowing:

  • Aging. Due to natural aging and normal wear and tear on the esophagus, and a greater risk of certain conditions, such as stroke or Parkinson's disease, older adults are at higher risk of swallowing difficulties.
  • Certain health conditions. People with certain neurological or nervous system disorders are more likely to experience difficulty swallowing.
Oct. 21, 2011