Typically, around 85% of people will experience swallowing problems, medically known as dysphasia, at the end-of-life. What this means is that your loved one, or someone you care for, has trouble swallowing food, liquids, or both.

This is a 4-part series on Alzheimer’s Care and Swallowing Problems, and this episode is focused on The Basics.

  • In Part 1, I talked about the Basics of Swallowing Problems;
  • In Part 3, I will review what Adaptive Equipment is and how to use it; and
  • In Part 4, I will talk about Maximizing Independence in Eating.

If you missed an episode, you can check them out where you found this one – or on my YouTube Channel, MelissaBPhD.

✔️ MAIN POINT 1: HOW TO CHOOSE RECIPES THAT CAN BE ADAPTED FOR A VARIETY OF TEXTURES

  • Intergenerational considerations
  • Ease of recipe
  • Modifiable textures

✔️  MAIN POINT 2: KITCHEN ITEMS TO HELP PREPARE FOODS

  • Blender
  • The Magic Bullet® or Nutribullet®
  • Hand-held Blender (Immersion Blender)
  • Food Processor
  • Household Mesh Strainer or Sieve
  • Baby Food Grinder

✔️ MAIN POINT 3: TIPS FOR FLAVOR BUILDING WHEN MODIFYING TEXTURES FOR MEALS

Use Fats, Dairy, or Vegetables to build flavor.

  • Butter
  • Margarine
  • Sour Cream
  • Pureed Cottage Cheese
  • Cooking fats
  • Oils
  • Gravies
  • Whipped toppings
  • Heavy cream
  • Mashed or blended avocado
  • Hummus

Liquids to make foods easier to swallow, such as:

  • Broth
  • Milk
  • Fruit Juices
  • Vegetable Juices
  • Water

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