*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
Although we again are having our monthly meetings in person, we are still 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. We suggest you save the link.
PWP Zoom: 2nd Wed. of the month, and all meetings are at 1:00 p.m.
Remainder of 2022 listed:
(Dec. - Holiday Luncheon)
LINK TO ENTER ZOOM MEETING
Meeting ID: 817 0499 6824
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 and STEPS to Improve Standing from a Chair
Standing from a sitting position can be difficult for a Parkinson's patient. The following stretch might be helpful. Repeat several times.
While sitting, place your hands on your knees. Start sliding your hands down your leg to your feet or as far down as you can go. To do this, your torso must bend at the waist. Slowly return to the upright position with hands on knees.
When you are leaning so you can touch your toes, you are approximately in the position your torso needs to be in to stand up more easily, in other words "Nose to the Toes". Following are 5 suggested steps to help stand from a chair:
1. Firmly place hands on chair arms.
2. Pull your feet back toward the chair as far as you can.
3. Drop your torso to your legs... "nose to your toes."
4. Without raising your head push off the chair normally.
5. Once on your feet, raise your head and torso.