The Parkinson Voice Project, a nonprofit speech therapy clinic headquartered in Texas, has moved to protect people living with Parkinson’s everywhere from speech loss and life-threatening swallowing complications.

It has been running Facebook LIVE “SPEAK OUT! Home Practice Sessions”, Monday to Friday and awareness is spreading, with thousands of people getting involved.

Ninety per cent of individuals with Parkinson’s are likely to experience speech difficulty.

If left untreated, the speech muscles become weaker, and the disease starts to affect the ability to swallow.

These issues can lead to serious, life-threatening complications. Aspiration pneumonia accounts for 70 per cent of the mortality rate in the Parkinson’s population.

Samantha Elandary, founder of the Parkinson Voice Project, said: “We knew that people with Parkinson’s were going to need our help to maintain their speech and swallowing during this crisis.

“We want people with Parkinson’s to know that our organisation is committed to helping them keep their voices strong during COVID-19.”

Visit https://www.facebook.com/ParkinsonVoiceProject/  to view the Facebook LIVE “SPEAK OUT!® Home Practice Sessions.”