Mealtime and Swallowing

Your loved one may need your help to get his or her needed nutrition. The videos on this page will review ways to make mealtime safer, less stressful and more enjoyable while helping the person with Parkinson’s maintain independence in eating.

Part 1 offers tips for meal set-up and examples of foods that are easy to chew and swallow for people with Parkinson’s. Part 2 addresses ways to combat dehydration, weight loss and problems swallowing medications.

The information here offers suggestions and helpful hints, but is not designed to answer all questions. Each person with Parkinson’s is unique, so the suggestions may need to be modified for your particular situation. You are strongly recommended to seek and build a team of professionals in your local area to help you on your caregiving journey. If you have questions or need a referral to a local provider, call the Parkinson’s Foundation Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (473-4636).

In 2016, the Parkinson’s Foundation hosted a Caregiver Summit for that brought together caregivers from all over the U.S. and the world to share experiences and everyday strategies for coping with the complex problems that arise as a result of Parkinson’s. If you missed the event, don’t worry! All the general sessions were recorded and are available on our YouTube channel.

Tip sheets to download
Resources on the web
Groups that can help