*NEW: ZOOM SHARING GROUP MEETINGS FOR PARKINSON PATIENT ONLY
* 8 SAFE SWALLOWING GUIDELINES
* 4 OPTIONS FOR SAFER WALKING
*EXERCISE FOR THE BACK, BALANCE, AND CORE
ZOOM SHARING GROUP MEETINGS FOR PARKINSON PATIENT ONLY
Because we have had little time for the usual sharing during this pandemic, we are offering an opportunity via Zoom for the Person with Parkinson's (PWP) to share with other patients. It is a meeting open specifically for patients only with Dr. Stu Gillim facilitating. Below is the information you need to enter the Zoom meeting. The dates are also below. For each date, the link is the same.
PWP Zoom 2nd Wed. of the month
Jul 14, 2021 01:00 PM
Aug 11, 2021 01:00 PM
Sep 8, 2021 01:00 PM
Oct 13, 2021 01:00 PM
Nov 10, 2021 01:00 PM
Dec 8, 2021 01:00 PM
LINK TO ENTER ZOOM MEETING
As the muscles in the throat decrease their natural response, some methods need to be used to aid in swallowing so as not to choke. You might want to try these suggestions from Jessica Zumbo, Speech Therapist.
1. Sit upright at the table or counter when eating or drinking and remain sitting up for at least 30-45 minutes after eating.
2. Take small bites and/or sips during a meal. CHEW COMPLETELY !
3. Eliminate distractions during meals such as watching TV. You might inadvertently lift your head while chewing or swallowing causing choking.
4. Tuck your chin before swallowing: liquids or solids.
5. Alternate food and drink during a meal
6. Avoid mixed consistency foods such as soups. If an item like soup is on the menu, ask your care partner to strain out the liquid from your serving, so you only have the main meat, vegetables, and possible starch such as rice/noodles.
7. If you hear a gurgly voice from yourself, clear it before you continue eating/drinking.
8. If you're having trouble with pills, mix them with applesauce to help swallowing them.
Please open the following link for the 4 tips for walking safer by Phil Horton who lives in
Colorado Springs and who has been diagnosed with PD since 2014. We were not allowed
to merely copy the 4 tips, but we could include his link in our website. We strongly
recommend you check out this site.
EXERCISE FOR BACK, BALANCE, AND CORE
Get on your hands and knees and keep your back flat. Lift one arm so it forms a straight line with your back, return to starting position, then lift the other arm. With both hands on the ground, extend the legs, one at a time. Then try to combine the moves—raising left arm and right leg together, then right arm and left leg together. Do one set of eight reps, each rep being arm and opposite leg together or one arm or leg at a time (depending on ability). Hold each lift for three seconds. Stop if you have pain or trouble holding a position.