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Today’s Geriatric Medicine: Managing Dysphagia

A female healthcare professional in blue scrubs and a black apron holds a ladle of red sauce, thickened with Thick-It® brand food & beverage thickeners, over a plate of pureéd food for dysphagia patients.

In a recent Today’s Geriatric Medicine article titled “Managing Dysphagia – The Importance of Safety, Variety, and Training,” Margaret Roche, MS, RD, CSG, CDCES, FAND and Susan Norris, MA, break down why and how healthcare professionals should prioritize safety, variety, and comprehensive team training when it comes to dysphagia and modified diets.

“Living with dysphagia and caring for those with swallowing disorders brings unique, daily challenges. By implementing these suggestions of promoting a culture of safety within your organization; offering a variety of delicious, nutritious, and flavorful foods and beverages; and developing a comprehensive IDDSI training program, health care professionals will be on their way to helping improve quality of life for patients and caregivers,” Roche and Norris say in the article.

Read the full article here. For additional information, tools, and support for healthcare professionals working with patients with dysphagia, visit our resources page.


Margaret Roche, MS, RD, CSG, CDE, FAND is the founder of Roche Dietitians and a nationally recognized leader in nutrition for healthcare. A champion for senior nutrition, she advocates for quality improvement with texture-modified diets and has trained thousands on IDDSI implementation. Margaret’s opinions and advice are her own. Roche Dietitians has previously been compensated by Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc., producers of the Thick-It® brand family of products, for their research and industry insights.

Susan Norris, MA, is a regional sales manager for the Personal Nutrition Solutions (PNS) division of Kent Precision Foods Group, Inc. (KPFG). Under the PNS division, KPFG produces the Thick-It® brand family of products, which offers mealtime solutions to help improve quality of life for people with dysphagia as well as the healthcare professionals and loved ones caring for them. The Thick-It® brand is a gold sponsor of IDDSI.

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition, treatment, or the use of Thick-It® products. The information contained herein is general in nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment in any manner.


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