Windsor Parkinson Meeting September 24, 2013

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Parkinson home.jpg . . Welcomes Guest Speaker : Darcy Kaput a speech therapist

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  • lndications that you could be having trouble with swallowing

Trouble chewing your food.
Food getting stuck in your cheek.
Drooling while you eat.

left to right Pat St. Pierre,MSW,RSW,Darcy Kaput B.A. M.A.

Having trouble swallowing your pills.
Having trouble moving your food from the front to the back of the mouth. (like when I eat a spoon of peanut butter)
Choking or coughing when you swallow or within a minute of swallowing.
Choking/coughing when you eat soup (chicken noodle) or with a bowl of cereal.
Losing weight because it takes time to chew the food.
Increased chest congestion.
Running a fever (temperature spikes 1 hour after a meal.)

  • What to do:

Talk to your doctor or health care provider.

  • Some things that could help:

Avoid distractions (shut the tv off, focus on eating).
Eat at the kitchen/dining room table.
Always sit up as much as possible for all eating & drinking.
Try taking one pill at a time with a spoon of apple sauce, jam, yogurt etc.
Avoid straws.
Creamed soups are easier to swallow than soups with broth (chicken noodle).
Let the cereal get soggy, absorbing the milk before eating.
Don't throw your head back to try and swallow something.
Drink before or after meals.
At extra sauce, gravy, soup stock to the food to keep it moist & wet.

Talk to your doctor or health care provider.

Darcy Kaput B.A, M.A.
Speech Language Pathologist
Chronic Disease Management Program
Windsor Essex Community Health Centre
Phone: (519 997-2823 ext.332
Fax: (519) 945-7864

You may direct your questions and comments about his page to Rick's Clicks
Use Rick's online contact form HERE.

Windsor Parkinson’s Support Group

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