Thank you so much for all of your help with arranging and supporting the weekend. You made it all possible…when I was so unsure about it all myself! It certainly wasn’t easy but worked out well. I was extremely sore on Saturday night and taking plenty of painkillers now, but I’m better for having participated. It was nice to meet Dallas on Sunday and having Mike wait patiently for us last night was invaluable. For some reason I found I couldn’t even text him as the phone signal around the opera house seemed to be saturated. But David and Kylie were very grateful for his help too, as there were certainly no cabs to be seen anywhere, and they certainly couldn’t walk up the hill either. Could you please convey my thanks to everyone. Kind regards Rod
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Before and during a heatwaveStay hydrated
Drink two to three litres of water each day, even if you don't feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Lighter clothing helps your body stay cool. Light-coloured clothing reflects heat and sunlight.
Check on family, friends, neighbours
Keep a close eye on those most at risk, like the sick, the elderly and the young. Do this at an arranged time at least twice a day.
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A cookbook full of recipes designed specifically for people who have difficulty swallowing is now just a click of the mouse button away.
Beyond the Blender: Dysphagia Made Easy is the brainchild of speech pathologist and Griffith researcher Simone Howells, and has been created by Master of Speech Pathology students at the School of Allied Health Sciences. It isavailable as a free download here
Simone Howells.“When I graduated as a speech pathologist I was working with patients with dysphagia in hospitals,” Simone Howells said. “That’s a very controlled environment. What’s brought up from the kitchen is exactly what the patient with dysphagia eats.”
However, when her work took her into the wider community and people’s homes, Simone realised that environment was unlike the clinical setting. “They can walk up to the fridge and grab just about whatever they want. The temptation is there to essentially eat or drink something that may not go down the right way which can be catastrophic for the patient with dysphagia.”
Dysphagia is known to affect up to one in three people in the community. It is most common among people aged over 65 and can be caused by neurological conditions like stroke and Parkinson’s disease and if left untreated it can be fatal.
“The symptoms can be as simple as taking longer at mealtimes and needing more time to chew and to swallow. But dysphagia can also cause pain and discomfort, the feeling of something stuck in the throat. It can cause coughing, throat clearing or sneezing during eating and drinking, so it can manifest in any number of different ways.”
Simone’s research at Griffith Health aims to build a greater understanding of the difficulties experienced by adults with dysphagia who live at home, and identify new ways that speech pathology services can support them. Along with physical and clinical factors, her work also recognises psychosocial issues connected to the condition.
“Social lives are impacted. A person with dysphagia can’t go to a normal café and order off a normal menu. It is also difficult for them to manage it at work, preparing drinks that need to be thickened, bringing special lunches that might need to be pureed or mashed up.
“People with dysphagia are much more likely to experience social anxiety and depression. It is also known to impact their relationships and how they function in society. Often they disengage from their regular activities.”
Beyond the Blender is a creative approach to supporting people with dysphagia and the families and friends who share their lives. It represents a platform to make informed choices that don’t compromise on flavour, appearance or social acceptability. Within the cookbook are three different categories which are compliant with the Australian standards for texture modified foods – soft, mince moist, and pureed.
“When I looked for places where people with dysphagia might look for appropriate recipes I found there was very little out there. Now our students have developed a series of very tasty recipes that have been audited for texture compliance,” Simone said. Friday’s launch will include a morning tea created from recipes in the cookbook.
PublishedNovember 30, 2018 AuthorStephen O'Grady
Categories Griffith Health, Griffith Health Institute, Health, home, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, News articles, School of Allied Health SciencesTagged Beyond the Blender, cookbook, dysphagia, recipes, School of Allied Health Sciences, Simone Howells, Speech Pathology, swallowingRelated
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