It's that time again, one of our favorite times of the year — National Catfish Day!

We love catfish, and apparently Ronald Reagan loved it too. On June 25, 1987, the man occupying the most powerful office in the free world, the American presidency, declared, "More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy — farm-raised catfish."

For us folks here in the South, there's just not much better than a plate of golden fried catfish with a side of hushpuppies and cole slaw. Add fries and turnip greens to that, and you got all the major food groups. (Well, maybe not quite, but who's counting?)

Arthritis makes eating catfish difficult

However, enjoying this delicacy with all its fixings can be difficult for some people with arthritis and other hand conditions, such as tremors or hand weakness. For instance, scooping or sticking cole slaw can be messy, because the liquid may spill or bits of the cole slaw might fall off of a shaky fork or spoon. Furthermore, catfish is extremely tender and lightweight, which means it can fall into pieces when you try to stick it with a fork, making it difficult for those with arthritis and especially for people with the use of only one hand.

Utensils made for arthritis

This is where our Good Grips Utensils Set of 5 comes into play. This set features five eating utensils with the Good Grips built up handle for superior grip for people with arthritis. The ends of the spoons and forks can even be bent to just about any desired angle to accommodate a range of disability-related struggles in using eating utensils.

This set is dishwasher safe and comes with a tablespoon, a teaspoon, a small spoon, a fork and a rocker knife. The rocker knife helps cut/chop food, since it allows the user to rock the knife back and forth to achieve cutting food.

Use divided plate for ease of use

Another great aid for a catfish dinner is the Freedom Dinnerware Divided Plate with Base. This plate comes in three divided sections, which helps with scooping up cole slaw and/or turnip greens, as well at the catfish itself. It keeps your food separate, which is important for some picky eaters and might also make the physical effort a bit easier.

Perhaps most importantly, the Freedom Dinnerware Divided Plate with Base won't slip or move around, thanks to its unique suction pad base. The suction pad base is strong but can be removed easily by simply lifting up on one of the tabbed corners.

We hope you enjoy this day as an excuse to eat some savory, mouth-watering catfish. Rediscover the joy of this home-grown comfort food with our adaptive eating aids that make life just a little easier.

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