Eating independently can be challenging for some seniors
Older adults affected by conditions like stroke, Alzheimer’s, dementia, tremors, or neuropathy often have trouble eating independently.
Hand tremors or weakness can make holding utensils and making the necessary hand and arm movements almost impossible. Because of the difficulty, some seniors may even lose their appetite and stop eating.
Adaptive utensils, plates, and cups make it easier to eat so mealtime is more enjoyable and seniors are more likely to stay well-nourished.
We rounded up 11 helpful adaptive utensils and dinnerware that make eating easier for people with:

  • Hand tremors, weakness, or Parkinson’s
  • Alzheimer’s or dementia
  • Weakness, arthritis, or hand mobility issues

4 adaptive utensils for hand tremors or Parkinson’s

1) $25 Adaptive Utensils Weighted (4-Piece Set)

Features: Non-slip wide handles, weighted to counter tremors
Helpful for: People with tremors, Parkinson’s, limited grip, wrist or hand weakness

2) $8 Gripware Plastic Scoop Dish

Features: Non-skid feet grip the table, low front edge and high back edge helps scoop food onto fork
Helpful for: Single-handed eating and people with poor eyesight, limited coordination, Parkinson’s, stroke, or tremors

3) $10 Maddak Partitioned Scoop Dish with Lid

Features: 3 compartments to keep foods separate, high-sided to make scooping easy
Helpful for: People with Parkinson’s, stroke, or tremors or those eating pureed foods

4) $9 Independence 2-Handle Plastic Mug with 2 Style Lids, Lightweight Drinking Cup

Features: Double handles, two lid types included, clear plastic, holds warm or cold liquids, keeps spills to a minimum
Helpful for:  People with weak grip, hand tremors, who need to drink while in bed, Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s, or those recovering from stroke

2 dining sets for Alzheimer’s or dementia

1) $37 Deluxe 5-piece Redware Dining Set

Features: Specifically designed to increase appetite in Alzheimer’s patients. In studies, the red color increased food intake of Alzheimer’s patients by 24% and liquid intake by 84%.
Helpful for:  People with Alzheimer’s or dementia who struggle with eating or have decreased appetite

2) $94 Eatwell Assistive Tableware Set, 8 Piece

Features: Specially designed tableware that helps increase food and drink intake, maintain dignity and independence during meals, and reduce work for caregivers
Helpful for:  People with Alzheimer’s or dementia who struggle with eating or have decreased appetite

5 adaptive utensils for weakness, arthritis, or hand mobility issues

1) $12 Good Grips Rocker Knife with Serrated Blade

Features: This easy-grip handle, bendable to the left or right, special knife edge gives extra stability while cutting, even meat
Good for: One-handed cutting and people who have difficulty cutting food

2) $18 3 Piece Super Easy Grip Flatware Set – Bendable Built Up Fork, Knife, and Spoon

Features: Large, easy-grip handles that are bendable to the left or right.
Helpful for: People with arthritis, Parkinson’s, neuropathy, or low grip strength

3) $14 4-Piece Adaptive Utensil Set with Wide, Non-Weighted, Non-Slip Handles

Features: Wide, easy-grip, non-slip handles
Helpful for: People with arthritis, Parkinson’s, neuropathy, or low grip strength

4) $17 EazyHold Universal Grip Cuff (2 Pack)

Features: Silicone strap cuff helps hold a variety of utensils, tools, and other objects
Helpful for: People with arthritis, Parkinson’s, neuropathy, or low grip strength

5) $13 Vive Foam Tubing Utensil Padding Grips (9 pieces)

Features: Provides a wider grip for everyday objects like toothbrushes, pens, hairbrushes, etc. for greater control – cut to desired length
Helpful for: People with arthritis, Parkinson’s, neuropathy, or low grip strength

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