What Are the Dangers of a Feeding Tube in the Elderly?

By Samantha Bunch, eHow Contributor Feeding tubes may be given to the elderly when they are unable to eat normally. Many times with age, the muscles in the throat will gradually cease to work. There are several potential complications related to having a feeding tube. Read more: What Are the Dangers of a Feeding Tube in the Elderly? eHow.comhttp://www.ehow.com/facts_5761198_dangers-feeding-tube-elderly_.html#ixzz18c27FbCL

Feeding Tubes In Nursing Homes: Benefit or Abuse

By Jack Halpern More than one-third of U.S. nursing home residents with advanced dementia have feeding tubes. About two-thirds of these have the tube inserted during an acute-care hospitalization. Feeding tubes should only be used as a last resort because they lead to a loss of functioning, and can cause serious medical and psychological problems. If a resident is able …