How can my problems be treated?

Following an appropriate assessment to identify the particular problems, treatment may be suggested. This might include:

- making the person with Parkinson’s and their family more aware of their particular swallowing difficulties
- adjustments to the person’s posture when eating or drinking
- exercises to strengthen the lip, tongue and throat muscles
- modifications to the diet to make foods and liquids easier and safer to swallow such as avoiding hard, dry or crumbly foods
- liaising with the medical team to ensure timing of medications allows optimal swallow function at mealtimes
- improving breathing techniques.