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Understanding Dysphagia
By Jeri Logemann, Ph.D., Charles A. Stewart, M.D., Jane Hurd, MPA,
Diane J. Aschman, MS, Nancy L. Matthews, MA

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As it turned out, Maxine did have dysphagia, probably brought on by her Parkinson’s. But by identifying the problem early, she was able to improve her swallowing and go back to her busy social life. Janice taught her exercises to improve the strength, range of motion, speed, and coordination of her swallowing process. She also learned which foods are most likely to cause choking. These can vary from one person to another. In Maxine’s case they included anything with vinegar and foods such as watermelon that have both solid and liquid consistency. While she will always need to be careful, Maxine is back to her cheerful self, presiding over meals and bingo games.

Charles A. Stewart, M.D. is the Chairman of the Department of Medical Imaging and Acting Chief Medical Officer at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, and Clinical Associate Professor of Radiological Science at the David Geffen-UCLA School of Medicine.

Jane Hurd, MPA, is a healthcare administrator with experience at hospitals affiliated with both the USC School of Medicine and David Geffen-UCLA School of Medicine. She holds an MPA from the University of Southern California.

Diane J. Aschman, MS, a pharmacist entrepreneur, with over 25 years in the healthcare industry, is President of Advancing Health LLC.

Jeri Logemann, Ph.D., is Ralph and Jean Sundin Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northwestern University, and Professor of Otolaryngology and Maxillofacial Surgery and Neurology at Northwestern University Medical School. She has published and lectured widely both nationally and internationally on evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders.

Nancy L. Matthews, MA, manager of the Dysphagia Among Seniors in Los Angeles County: Planning and Pilot Study (2007), has over 20 years experience developing and managing ‘Quality of Life’ programs and services which serve the community and currently is a lecturer at a California State University, Long Beach.


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