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The Gaffigans Raise Awareness of Swallowing Disorders

Jeannie Gaffigan, comedy writer, mother of five, and wife of comedian, Jim Gaffigan, underwent surgery in April 2017 to remove a life-threatening tumor near her brain stem.  Damage to her vagal nerve resulted in dysphagia.  Jeannie initially required a feeding tube due to the inability to swallow and is currently undergoing swallow rehabilitation.

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Webinar Recording: Dysphagia & Dementia

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Webinar Recording: How to Puree your Thanksgiving Dinner

The NFOSD would like to thank puree chef, Diane Wolff, and food chemist, Hoby Wedler, for their time and effort in recording a video of how to create a pureed Thanksgiving meal. Diane learned to be a pureed chef when her mother was diagnosed with dysphagia related to the onset of dementia.

Click Here to Watch the Webinar

Please note that the recipes demonstrated in the webinar are appropriate for people who require pureed solids for swallow safety. Always consult with your healthcare provider to determine the most appropriate diet for you. If you need a referral to a swallowing specialist, please email the NFOSD at 

Below you will find a link mentioned by Diane in the broadcast:

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Webinar Recording: Pain & Dysphagia

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Webinar Recording: Aspiration Pneumonia