NEW Dysphagia Support Group in the Greater Phoenix Area

On Friday, March 11, from 3:00 pm to 5;00 pm, the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders is kicking-off a support group for those with swallowing disorders.

Future meetings are scheduled for the second Friday of the month from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

Morningstar Senior Living has graciously offered to host our meetings. Morningstar is located at 21432 N 75th Avenue, Glendale, AZ 85305.

As this is our first meeting, this will be a planning meeting where we discuss the needs of the community.  Future topics will include:

  1. Feeding tube management
  2. Thickening products and thickening procedures
  3. Oral Care
  4. National Dysphagia Diet
  5. Compensatory swallowing techniques
  6. Social/emotional ramifications of dysphagia
  7. Optimizing reflux management
  8. New advances in Dysphagia Management
  9. Role of nutrition in maximizing swallowing function
  10. Dysphagia, from the eyes of the caregiver
  11. Free water protocol
  12. Understanding Aspiration Pneumonia
  13. Long term effects of radiation therapy
  14. Living with Xerostomia
  15. Naturally thickened liquids. Naturally pureed foods
  16. Customizing dysphagia therapy
  17. Understanding normal swallowing function
  18. Stroke and Dysphagia
  19. Voice and Swallowing…How are they connected?
  20. Dysphagia Diet Recipes
  21. Maximizing outcomes through the interdisciplinary team approach
  22. How are swallowing problems diagnosed

This swallowing disorder support group is open to patients, caregivers, clinicians and anyone who has questions and needs support and resources to live their best lives.

If you need more information or plan to attend, please email Laura Michael at: 2016 booth

Hope to see you there!


4 Comments on “NEW Dysphagia Support Group in the Greater Phoenix Area”

  1. Kathy Tucker says:

    My partner has swallowing problems. I saw your topics for your meetings. It is everything I am interested in. Is there anyway I can benefit from your meetings in the way of news letter on each topic. My partner is in partial denial and he is resisting therapy. He take a long time to eat and rechews each bite. He doesn’t want to do thickening because he has little problem with liquids. Would be greatly appreciative of any thing you could send me from your meetings, or direct me to a source which covers all your topics.
    Thank you so much.
    Kathy Tucker
    18024 Windward drive, Lewes, De. 19958

    • Kathy, the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders lists a support group in Lewes, DE, on Wednesday, August 25:

      Hopefully, this group can help you!

      The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders has many resources for those who are having swallowing problems and for their caregivers. On the NFOSD website, you can view archived webinars, post questions on the community forum and get general and specific advice for all different types of dysphagia. The NFOSD can direct you to doctors, speech therapists and other resources near you. Please check-out the NFOSD website:

      I should also let you know that I am a board member of the NFOSD and I am very prooud of the work we do to help you and people like your partner. It helps to know that you are not alone!

      Thank you.

  2. Joyce mangels says:

    Dear Laura I would like to know if there is s support group in the palm desert ca area?
    Thank you, Joyce Mangels

    • Joyce, there is no support group for dysphagia in the Palm Desert, CA, area. You may find support and help on the community forum on the National Foundation of Swallowing Disorder website: Your questions may help us at the Foundation, find someone to host a support group near you. Take care!

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