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How should I change how I eat to make swallowing easier?

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  • Minimize distractions.
  • Stay focused on eating and drinking.
  • Don't talk with food in your mouth.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Cut your food into small pieces, and chew it thoroughly.
  • Don't try to eat more than 1/2 teaspoon at a time.
  • Keep in mind that you may need to swallow two or three times per bite or sip.
  • If food or liquid catches in your throat, cough gently or clear your throat, and swallow again before you take a breath. Do it over, if you need to.
  • Concentrate on swallowing frequently.

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Speech & Swallowing."

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research: "Support and Caregiving."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Managing Your PD."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "What is Parkinson's Disease?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2017

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Speech & Swallowing."

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research: "Support and Caregiving."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "Managing Your PD."

Johns Hopkins Medicine: "What is Parkinson's Disease?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on August 04, 2017

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