My dad, who has been diagnosed with dementia, recently began coughing and spitting clear mucus. The coughing sometimes becomes dry heaving. He has stopped eating and has lost over 20 pounds. He complains of something in his throat and thinks he will throw up if he eats. He is getting very weak. The hospital discharged him after 4 days and lots of tests. The ENT dr is setting up a swallow therapist. Apparently, this is something doctors just aren't familiar with and its been hard for us to find out what's going on and how to handle it. A talking forum would be really helpful. Maybe there are others going through this that have found information we haven't and would share. Thanks.