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  • CALCIUM AND VITAMIN D ARE ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR LOVED ONE'S HEART AND BONE HEALTH

    Did you know that your body actually needs more calcium and Vitamin D as you age? That means many people have to work harder to get enough of these important nutrients in their diets. What’s the risk of getting too little? Inadequate levels have been linked to everything from high blood pressure to brittle bones. For those who are aging and/or having trouble swallowing, getting more dietary calcium and Vitamin D can be made easier with fortified products such as THICK & EASY® pre-thickened dairy and MED PASS® nutritional shakes. Continue reading

  • MAKE FAMILY DINNERS SIMPLE WITH TIME-SAVING TIPS

    Sitting down together at the dinner table each night is great for fostering both a healthy lifestyle and togetherness as a family. Relatives with dysphagia want to feel included in household activities, and with different diets and hectic schedules, that can be a challenge. However, preparing nutritious family meals and eating together doesn’t necessarily require hours slaving in the kitchen, a gourmet cooking background or a budget bust. With these simple family dinner tips and helpful products such as THICK & EASY® thickeners and pre-thickened foods and beverages and MED PASS® nutritional shakes, you and your loved ones can find time to enjoy one another’s company – and delicious meals – every night of the week. Continue reading

  • SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST ANSWERS DYSPHAGIA-RELATED THICKENING QUESTIONS

    Acute care speech-language pathologist Ann Collins is used to getting questions from people newly diagnosed with dysphagia. Below she answers some of the more typical questions she receives.

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  • JUST DIAGNOSED WITH DYSPHAGIA? HANDY TIPS FROM AN ACUTE CARE SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGIST

    A dysphagia diagnosis may leave you feeling a bit overwhelmed. You likely received a lot of helpful hospital discharge information, and it may be helpful to review some typical key points again. Acute care speech-language pathologist Ann Collins, MA, CCC-SLP, has helped many newly diagnosed dysphagia patients get accustomed to their new diets, including showing them how to get more variety into their meals by using products such as THICK & EASY®. In a recent interview, she shared a few helpful reminders for everything from managing appointments to preparing appetizing, safe-to-swallow meals.

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  • STUCK IN THE MIDDLE: SPREADING OURSELVES THIN IN THE SANDWICH GENERATION

     

    Caring for your aging relatives and for your own children are, individually, full-time commitments. When you suddenly have to do both, the stress often ramps up to a new level. If this sounds like your household, you may be among the estimated 44.4 million Americans, ages 40-65, labeled the “Sandwich Generation”. Hormel Health Labs has ways to make your tight schedule a little more manageable; at least when it comes to nutrition. Continue reading

  • Pharmacist appears on Great Day Houston

    Holistic pharmacist and author Sherry Torkos knows first-hand what it’s like to manage foods and medications for aging relatives, so she was happy to be invited to share her advice with KHOU Houston audience. Torkos cautioned that many older adults may have difficulty getting adequate nutrition and/or have swallowing disorders. She recommends the line of flavorful THICK & EASY® thickened foods, a widely available and affordable option that allows loved ones to enjoy meals with dignity. Continue reading

  • Holistic pharmacist shares advice and resources for caring for aging parents

    Do you worry that loved ones in your care may not be getting enough nutrition? What should you do if they have trouble swallowing? The host of the KABB Fox TV show, Daytime at 9, welcomed holistic pharmacist, fitness instructor and author Sherry Torkos to talk about the challenges facing families providing home health care for aging parents and grandparents. Torkos told the San Antonio audience that nutritional support is readily available at HEB supermarkets. Continue reading

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