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A Speech Pathologist Explains Common Swallowing Issues Part 2: Food Preparation Options

CoffeeAloneIn part one of this second series on swallowing, speech-language pathologist Kathryn Kilpatrick, who has been has been a speech-language pathologist for over four decades and is the author of the popular 5-volume “Therapy Guides for Language and Speech Disorders workbooks, ” helped us understand some of the causes of swallowing issues and how to cope. Here, in part two, she gets down to the heart of the issue: food preparation.

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A Speech Pathologist Explains Common Swallowing Issues Part 1: Causes and Coping

FoodA few months ago, a gerontologist told us her story about how she coped as a family caregiver when her father developed swallowing problems (dysphagia). Considering the seriousness and frequency of these issues with aging adults, I felt that we needed further information from a specialist. I contacted speech-language pathologist Kathryn Kilpatrick, who has spent four decades helping people cope with these issues.

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Advice on Possibly Preventing Alzheimer’s not Faulting Those With the Disease

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Dear Carol: Both of my parents had Alzheimer’s and have since died. I continually read advice on avoiding Alzheimer’s with diet, exercise and other lifestyle changes and I find this insulting. It seems to imply that people like my parents caused their own disease. We all know that Alzheimer’s can’t be cured and probably can’t be avoided. If we’re going to get it we’re going to get it. By telling people that if they use their brains more, eat blueberries or take care of their hearts they won’t get Alzheimer’s just increases the stigma.  - Steve

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Optimal Diet for Alzheimer's Prevention?

BerriesHCPart of a healthy lifestyle, one that may prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other diseases, involves consuming a nourishing diet. According to a recent study, one way to obtain these nutrients is through the MIND diet. This berry-heavy diet, which was created by nutritional epidemiologist Martha Clare Morris, PhD and colleagues at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, IL, is a tweaked combination of the Mediterranean and the DASH diets. The acronym MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.  

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Self-help Methods of Coping with Caregiver Stress

LoneCoffeecupCaregiving can leave us with a kaleidoscope of emotions that is ever-changing and often tumultuous. Many of these emotions induce guilt. While therapy is recommended for people who are having a deep struggle with negative feelings they cannot lay to rest, often there are steps that we can take by ourselves to handle our feelings in a healthy manner.

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Swallowing Issues Common with Dementia

Hands2...Hospice personnel often work with people who have this issue, so I asked Antoinette Ryba, RN, who is a Patient Advocate, Care Manager and Health Coach, for some suggestions. Ryba is also a member of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association. Ryba tells us that difficulty swallowing, clinically known as dysphagia, can occur for a variety of reasons including oral neoplasms (growths that may or may not be cancerous), neuromuscular disorders and dementia. “There are recognizable, yet often subtle, signs and symptoms indicating dysphagia,” Ryba says.

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Mealtime with Dad: Caring for Someone with Swallowing Problems Part 2

Alzheimers_elder_caregiver6In Part 1 of Mealtime with Dad: Caring for Someone with Swallowing Problems, Koko Kawasaki helped us understand her very personal caregiving story. Koko is a former graphic designer, earned her MA in Gerontology because of her experience as a caregiver whose father suffered from multiple health issues including dysphagia.  Here in Part 2, Koko relates to us her tips on helping someone with dysphagia eat, as well as how her caregiving experience with her father ended.

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Mealtime with Dad: Caring for Someone with Swallowing Problems Part 1

WomanBedDifficulty swallowing, which is clinically known as dysphagia, is a condition that often accompanies many kinds of dementia as well as other health issues associated with aging. Dysphagia is responsible for many pneumonia deaths due to a person aspirating food into his or her lungs. Koko Kawasaki, a former graphic designer, was inspired to earn her MA in Gerontology by her experiences as a caregiver whose father suffered from multiple health issues including dysphagia.

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Folic Acid May Aid Elders During Heat Waves

FanHeatThe type of heat exhaustion or mild dehydration that a middle aged caregiver may feel during a heat wave is uncomfortable, but the same occurrence could be deadly for an elder. Because of the seriousness of overheating, some older people take a prescription drug that helps increase blood flow to the skin which in turn helps them cool off. 

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MIND Diet Recommended for Alzheimer's Prevention

BlueberriesPart of a healthy lifestyle, one that may prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other diseases, involves consuming a nourishing diet. According to a recent study, one way to obtain these nutrients is through the MIND diet.

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