Praise for the First Edition


“Don’t wait for a swallowing disaster. This book tells you how to keep a swallowing problem from becoming fatal.”

—Henry J. Heimlich, M.D.
Author of Heimlich’s Maneuvers
1984 Recipient of Albert Lasker Public Service Award

“Well written and easy to read. I think this book will be very helpful to dysphagic patients, their families, and all of us who love to eat. I like it very much.”

—Jeri Logemann, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BCS-S
Ralph and Jean Sundin Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

“An extremely useful and potentially life-saving book.”

—Christiane Northrup, M.D.
Author of Mother-Daughter Wisdom: Understanding
the Crucial Link Between Mothers, Daughters, and Health

“Empowering for us as advocated for our patients and our family members. An invaluable resource for the lay reader and the health care professional.”

—Sheila Bridges-Bond, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Department of Communication Disorders
North Carolina Central University
Durham, North Carolina

“What an eye-opener! Who knew a runny nose could actually be a clue to having a life-threatening swallowing problem? Easy to read and packed with lifesaving knowledge everyone should know. Especially valuable for families and caregivers of elders with dementia, who often develop swallowing problems.”

—Jacqueline Marcell
Author of Elder Rage
Host of Coping with Caregiving on Radio Show

A must-read for seniors and their caregivers. Should be in the library and on the reading list of every senior center in the country!”

—Eric Andersen
CEO and Co-Founder

“Drs. Sayadi and Herskowitz have shown compassion and responsiveness to an important need of our seniors – safety in swallowing. This book is a treasure.”

—Betty Perkins-Carpenter, Ph.D.
President, Senior Fitness Productions, Inc.
Author of How To Prevent Falls

“Hits just the right audience with just the right information in a digestible form.”

—Paul Raia, Ph.D.
Vice President, Clinical Services Alzheimer’s Association Massachusetts/
New Hampshire Chapter

“I devoured this book in one sitting. As an 80-year-old man diagnosed 15 years ago with Parkinson’s, I felt this book fit me to a T. It gave me much valuable information and I will certainly recommend it to others in my support group.”

—K.I., Windsor, California

“Swallowing problems are a key part of the rehabilitation process after severe head trauma. Swallow Safely will help save lives by giving family members and other caregivers insight into what can go wrong and what to do about it.”

—Dixie Fremont-Smith Coskie
Author of Unthinkable: A Mother’s Tragedy, Terror, and Triumph
Through a Child’s Traumatic Brain Injury

“I didn’t know I had a swallowing problem until I read this book.”

—Irwin H. Herskowitz, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus of Biology (Genetics)
Hunter College, City University of New York

“For people affected neurologically by disorders such as Wilson disease or Parkinson disease, swallowing problems are common and often serious. This book is written for the layperson and provides a much-needed guide for patients and their families or caregivers.”

—Carol Terry
Co-Founder, Past President, and Secretary
Wilson Disease Association

“This book brings together the science of swallowing and practical guidance for patients and their caregivers.”

—Hideh Shad
Roya Sayadi’s Science Teacher; Hadaf High School, Tehran, Iran

“Medica Roya Sayadi et Medicus Joel Herskowitz scripserunt librum de morbo gluttiendi qui est tam astutus tam gravis quam Merckus Libellus – sed multo iocior legere.” *

* “Drs. Roya Sayadi and Joel Herskowitz have written a book about maladies of swallowing that is as knowing and as serious as the Merck Manual – but much more fun to read.”

—Marian Sniffen
Joel Herskowitz’s Latin Teacher at University City (MO) High School

For persons with head and neck cancer, for elderly persons in general, this book will help patients and their families understand and deal with swallowing problems.”

—Catherine Thibeault, RN, MSN, MPH
Staff Nurse, Milford Regional Medical Center
Milford, Massachusetts


ForeWord Reviews: “SWALLOW SAFELY is a well-researched, informative guide for those caring for the elderly or the ill. The book’s straightforward language and clear terminology are accompanied by sixteen well-labeled illustrations of the swallowing process. Each chapter ends with a summary of important terms and information for quick reference or review. The authors’ comprehensive approach to this quality of life issue extends to their thoughtful decision to publish the book in large print that can be read comfortably by both elderly patients and their middle-aged or aging children and spouses. A thoughtful, pre-written “Letter for Your Doctor” lists swallowing problems and provides space to list hospitalizations, medical conditions, and medications. This book will save lives.”

Midwest Book Review: “Swallowing, something done effortlessly every day, can be a risky undertaking. This book discusses swallowing disorders and the challenges that face older people and others in the everyday task of eating. Presenting the dangers of medications, precautions that can be taken, and more, SWALLOW SAFELY is a useful resource for anyone caring for an elderly relative.”

The Caregiver’s Voice Book Review: “SWALLOW SAFELY educates and empowers caregivers to prevent those with swallowing problems from choking. Recommended for family and professional caregivers for those experiencing swallowing difficulties due to stroke, Alzheimer’s, MS, ALS, cancer, heart disease, and even healthy individuals who experience swallowing problems.”

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