Lingual Strengthening in Patients with Memory Loss

This study will try to see if performing tongue press exercises and using a saliva substitute improve swallowing ability in patients with memory problems and dysphagia.

View the study brochure.

Study Commitment

  • Two on-site visits to University Hospital over the course of the 8-week study duration, as well as four 20-minute phone visits
  • Participation in one of four study groups, which may require lingual strengthening treatment, use of saliva substitute, or both
Participation Eligibility
  • 55-99 years of age
  • Participant must have dementia or memory loss and experience difficulty swallowing
  • Caregiver who is willing to participate in the study

Principal Investigator

dr nicole pulia
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology

Study Coordinator