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minefieldEating should be an enjoyable affair.  But for an individual with Parkinson ’s disease (PD), trying to swallow with dysfunctional muscles presents a minefield of difficulties.


swallowingBelow are some tips to manage swallowing difficulties especially for Parkinson’s individuals:
•    keep the environment free of distractions and do not talk while eating
•    sit upright, head tilted forward and stay upright for 30 minutes after eating
•    cut food into small pieces, only put 1/2 teaspoon in your mouth, chew very slowly
•    concentrate on swallowing and swallow each bite 2 or 3 times
•    if you choke cough gently and swallow again before taking a breath
•    exercise face and jaw muscles when possible, sing out loud, exaggerate chewing

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