TAVARES – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Extension in Lake County is inviting caregivers to attend the “Food Modifications for Special Needs” workshop from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 19 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares.
Participants will be given hands-on experience in preparing meals for people with swallowing problems, also known as dysphagia. Swallowing issues can lead to serious health problems including choking and malnutrition. Swallowing disorders can be caused by stroke, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Alzheimer’s disease. Although more common in older adults, dysphagia can affect people of all ages.
The workshop will be presented by Dr. Wendy Dahl, Assistant Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition at UF, and offer an introduction to the unique food and nutrition needs of persons with dysphagia, followed by instruction and practice in preparing texture-modified foods. Participants will learn about sensory deficits and take part in demonstrations and hands-on activities including preparing pureed foods, sensory evaluation, using thickeners and more. A certificate of completion will be provided upon request.
The course costs $20 and includes lunch. Registration is available online by Monday, June 16 at http://foodmodjune2014.eventbrite.com or by contacting Julie England, Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Agent, at 352-343-4101 ext. 2721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of the UF/IFAS Extension in Lake County is to develop knowledge in agricultural, human and natural resources and to make that knowledge accessible to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The Extension provides free consultations, as well as educational programs on a variety of subjects. The Foundation for the Gator Nation – An Equal Opportunity Institute.