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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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Swallowing Assessment Techniques

MBS ImageByline: Ellen Conover, MA CF-SLP and Jan Pryor, MA CCC-SLP BCS-S

[Editors note. This is a follow on article to a two part mini-series on what to expect during “Your First Swallowing Assessment.”]

You may be thinking that the swallowing specialist already observed the way you swallow.  While this is true, additional testing may be needed to determine why you may be having swallowing difficulties. This is because the timing, strength and coordination of swallowing is invisible to the human eye. Research has shown that many individuals aspirate (aspiration – when food or liquid enters the lungs) without coughing and cannot be diagnosed upon initial clinical swallowing evaluations, so further objective or instrumental examinations are ordered. (1)

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Dementia Detour with Dysphagia

Dementia imageByline: Laura Michael (Dysphagia Supplies Direct, LLC; www.dysphagiasupplies.com)

[Editors note: Laura is a regular contributor to the NFOSD website and e-newsletter, Small Bytes.  We wish to thank her for her support and dedication to making life a little easier to swallow. A longer bio is at the bottom of this article.]

Alzheimer’s and other dementias are often called “the Long Goodbye”. I would also describe the illness as a long journey.

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HOW TO SAVE YOUR OWN LIFE: THE SELF-HEIMLICH MANEUVER

self Heimlich 10_7_09Byline: Roya Sayadi and Joel Herskowitz

Illustration: Anet James from “Swallow Safely”

[NFOSD note: This article is for informational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for consultation with and expert training by an appropriate health care professional. Also, an Internet search on “self Heimlich maneuver” will result in additional articles and videos on this topic.]

We read in newspapers or online every day about someone’s heroism in administering the Heimlich maneuver to someone choking on food.

But suppose that other person were not present? What then? Would they simply choke to death? If that person were YOU, what would you do?

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Northern Speech Services (NSS) 2013 Charleston Swallowing Conference

Byline: Ellen Conover, MA, CF-SLP

This month I had the privilege of attending the Northern Speech Services (NSS) 2013 Charleston Swallowing Conference in South Carolina.  As a volunteer for the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders (NFOSD), I helped raise awareness about the Foundation and its objectives.  I educated Speech-Language Pathologists about the resources they and their patients can access on our website and enrolled new members who, like many of you, will help sustain the Foundation’s initiatives.  The Foundation is appreciative of the amount of support and enthusiasm from all our members.

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