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What are tips for eating and drinking if you have Parkinson's disease?

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  • Don't rush your meals.
  • Rest your elbows on the table to give you more motion at your wrist and hand.
  • Sit with your knees and hips bent at a 90-degree angle in a straight-back chair.
  • Use utensils with built-up, lightweight handles, or use a "spork" -- a spoon and fork in one. Use a rocker knife for cutting food.
  • Use a non-skid mat to stabilize objects on the table.
  • Use a plate guard or plate with a raised lip to prevent food from spilling.
  • Use a long straw with a non-spill cup or use a plastic mug with a large handle.

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Activities of Daily Living."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Managing Advanced Parkinson's Disease."

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research: "Living With Parkinson's."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

National Parkinson Foundation: "Activities of Daily Living."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Managing Advanced Parkinson's Disease."

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research: "Living With Parkinson's."

 

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 21, 2018

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