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#D4DA Cookbook

Screen Shot 2015-04-26 at 11.22.49 AMThe University of Wisconsin-Madison speech-language pathology students hosted a “Dining for Dysphagia Awareness” community potluck in December 2014. Guests were asked to prepare a dish that met the criteria for a “Level 1: Dysphagia Pureed” or a “Level 2: Dysphagia Mechanically Altered.” The UW-Madison National Student Speech-Language and Hearing Association (NSSHLA) collected the recipes and created an event cookbook.

Click here for the recipes: #D4DA Cookbook



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Nutrition and Dysphagia

fruitPresented by Laura Michael

Click here for a recording of the live webinar broadcast on January 27, 2015.

Description: Managing and maintaining nutritional and hydration needs for someone with dysphagia can be especially challenging.  In this presentation, Laura Michael will discuss the importance of meeting one’s nutritional needs and how to make foods and beverages safe, palatable, and pleasing. Ms. Michael will discuss her first-hand experience of caring for her father when he developed dysphagia due to Lewy Bodies Dementia and how she was able to translate all her industry knowledge and cooking skills to help her mother and others care for her ailing father.

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How To Thicken Liquids

Laura Michael, nutritionist and NFOSD board member, shows us various ways to thicken your liquids. Watch the video below!

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The New York Times’ Green Smoothie Taste Challenge

Byline: Laura Michael (NFOSD Board member and owner of Dysphagia Solutions)

When you are having trouble swallowing, eating enough green leafy vegetables can be a unique challenge, so I was excited when I saw the May 2, 2014, New York Times article “Drink Your Greens” by Martha Rose Shulman. Click here to read Martha’s article.

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“Hydration, Hydration, Hydration”

drinking-87155_640Byline: Laura Michael, NFOSD Board Member

[Editor’s note. We published a similar article a year ago, but with the temperatures climbing and summer around the corner, we’ve updated the article to keep everyone properly hydrated.]

Water is an essential element for sustaining life. The human body is composed of more than 60% water. Without water, we won’t survive for more than a few days.

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