Roya Sayadi, Ph.D., CCC-SLPis a graduate of the Iran University of Medical Sciences in Tehran. She received her Ph.D. in neurogenic communication disorders from Michigan State University. She has taught speech-language-swallowing pathology at the undergraduate and graduate school levels. She has extensive clinical experience working with persons who have swallowing problems associated with a wide variety of medical and neurologic illnesses. She lives in Natick, Mass., with her husband.  They have  four children.



Joel Herskowitz, M.D. is a graduate of Princeton University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. A board-certified pediatric neurologist, he is on the faculty of the Boston University School of Medicine. He is the author of Pediatrics, Neurology, and Psychiatry: Common Ground (with N. Paul Rosman, M.D.), Is Your Child Depressed?, and TWISTED!, a play about a woman with Wilson disease he has presented in Boston, St. Louis, and Heidelberg.


“How Swallowing Problems Threaten the Elderly and Others.”, Jan. 1, 2010.

“How can I tell if my loved one has a swallowing problem?” The Caregiver’s Voice, July 20, 2010.

“Danger—Medication Ahead!” Transition Aging Parents, April 15, 2010.

“The Hidden Threat of Swallowing Problems.” Bottom Line Health, vol. 14, no. 11, November 2010, pp. 7-9.

“Don’t Wait For An Emergency.” Aging Today Online, Quarterly Newsletter  of the American Aging Association, vol. 2, issue 2, Nov. 11, 2010.


“Swallowing Safely Is No Choke,” Long Beach Public Library, Long Beach, NY,  October 8, 2010.

“Swallowing Problems and Parkinson’s Disease,” Newton-Wellesley Parkinson’s Disease  Support Group, October 25, 2010.

“Swallowing Problems and Parkinson’s Disease,” American Parkinson Disease Association  Regional Biennial Conference, Sturbridge, MA, November 7-8, 2010.

“Are You Worried About Swallowing?,” Callahan Senior Center, Framingham, MA, Feb. 28, 2011.

“Swallowing Problems in the Elderly,” Jenks Senior Center, Winchester Council on Aging, Winchester, MA, March 17, 2011.

“Swallowing Problems and Parkinson’s Disease,” Midwest Parkinson’s Disease Conference and  Young Onset Conference, W. Des Moines, IA, June 17, 2011.


“When the Meal Won’t Go Down,” by Paula Span, in The New Old Age: Caring and Coping, The New York Times, April 21, 2010.

“Natick Couple Pens Book on Swallowing,” by Julia Spitz, in MetroWest Daily News, June 1, 2010.

“Elderly at risk for swallowing problems,” by Paige Varner, in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 7, 2010.


“Swallowing Problems in the Elderly,” interview with Paul Bridgewater, Senior Solutions,   Feb. 11, 2011, WGPR, Detroit, MI.

“How To Help Your Aging Parents with Swallowing Problems,” interview with Dale Carter,  Transition Aging Parents, April 26, 2011 on blogtalkradio.

“Swallow Safely,” interview with Dr. Robert Rodgers of Parkinsons Recovery, July 22, 2010  on blogtalkradio.

“Caregiving: Swallowing Problems,” interview with Jacqueline Marcell, author of Elder Rage,  on “Coping with Caregiving” radio show on; listen via archives, segment 4.

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