An extremely useful and potentially life-saving book. --Christiane Northrup, M.D., Author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Understanding the Crucial Link Between Mothers, Daughters, and Health
Don't wait for a swallowing disaster. This book tells you how to keep a swallowing problem from becoming fatal. --Henry J. Heimlich, M.D., Author of Heimlich's Maneuvers
What an eye-opener! Who knew a runny nose could actually be a clue to having a life-threatening swallowing problem? Easy to read and packed with lifesaving knowledge everyone should know. Especially valuable for families and caregivers of elders with dementia, who often develop swallowing problems. --Jacqueline Marcell, Author of Elder Rage
, Host of Radio Show Coping with Caregiving
Swallowing is a four-step process that usually happens without conscious thought or deliberate physical effort, even though most people swallow approximately six hundred times a day. More than ten individual body parts are involved in swallowing, and muscular weakness or poor coordination during its four phases--preparatory, oral, pharyngeal, and esophageal--can ruin mealtime and put certain people at risk of dehydration, malnutrition, oxygen distress, choking, or pneumonia caused by the inadvertent aspiration
of food or drink into the lungs. Patients, family members, and health care providers must be educated and alert for signals of dysphagia
, the medical term for difficulty swallowing
Despite its seriousness, too few people know how to identify and treat dysphagia. The authors of this book, a wife and husband team, a speech-language pathologist and neurologist, respectively, have extensive expertise with dysphagic patients, and they have written a well-researched, informative guide for those caring for the elderly or the ill. The book's straightforward language and clear terminology are accompanied by sixteen well-labeled illustrations of the swallowing process. Each chapter ends with a summary of important terms and information for quick reference or review. The authors' comprehensive approach to this quality of life issue extends to their thoughtful decision to publish the book in large print that can be read comfortably by both elderly patients and their middle-aged or aging children and spouses.
Swallowing difficulties are often overlooked because their symptoms may be relatively subtle and discounted or ignored. Patients [or caregivers] might not realize that a runny nose during meals, coughing, or excessively slow swallowing can indicate a potentially life-threatening problem with swallowing. The authors include many tips for careful eating that may help restore safety and pleasure to mealtimes. A thoughtful, pre-written Letter for Your Doctor lists swallowing problems and provides space to list hospitalizations, medical conditions, and medications. This book will save lives. --ForeWord Reviews
What an eye-opener! Who knew a runny nose could actually be a clue to having a life-threatening swallowing problem? Easy to read and packed with lifesaving knowledge everyone should know. Especially valuable for families and caregivers of elders with dementia, who often develop swallowing problems. --Jacqueline Marcell, Author of Elder Rage, Host of Radio Show Coping with Caregiving
About the Author
Roya Sayadi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
, is a graduate of the Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran. She received her Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University in neurogenic communication disorders. She has taught speech-language-swallowing pathology at the undergraduate and graduates levels. She works with the Natick VNA, having extensive contact with elderly persons with swallowing problems associated with stroke, Alzheimer disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig s disease), cancer of the head and neck, lung disease, diabetes, heart disease, and head injury. She lives in Natick, Mass., with her husband. They have four children. Joel Herskowitz, M.D.
, Dr. Sayadi s husband, is a graduate of Princeton University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A board-certified pediatric neurologist, he is on the faculty of the Boston University School of Medicine. He is the author of Pediatrics, Neurology, and Psychiatry: Common Ground (with N. Paul Rosman, M.D.), Is Your Child Depressed?, and TWISTED!, a play about a woman with Wilson disease he has presented in Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, and Heidelberg.