February is Bake for Family Fun Month.
This is an amazing opportunity for you to enjoy more time with your family and to create memories you can all cherish, but baking with your senior can have many benefits beyond the quality time you spend with them. Baking can also be valuable for supporting a senior’s cognitive functioning and memory skills. As a family caregiver, finding ways to keep your parent’s mind healthy should be a priority in your care routine, and being able to do it in a fun and accessible way only adds to the benefit.
Some ways baking with your aging parent can stimulate their mind and benefit their cognitive functioning and memory include:
-Following a recipe is a form of following a sequence of steps and instructions. This requires a high level of cognitive processing, judgment, and reasoning
-Baking, especially recipes that are familiar to your parent, can be very calming. This allows the mind to relax and ward off negative feelings that can contribute to stress
-Stimulating the senses also stimulates the mind as well as releasing endorphins for a rush of good feelings. Baking stimulates all the senses, especially touch, smell, and taste
-The act of baking, as well as the sensory stimulation that comes from it, can trigger many memories. Thinking about these memories and sharing them can help keep memory skills sharper and more responsive
-Creative expression promotes good mental and emotional health and supports ongoing cognitive functioning. Baking is a great way to encourage creativity and expression in your senior
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet is one of the most important elements of maintaining good health.
For many seniors, though, health issues, physical limitations, and even cognitive challenges can make it difficult to eat this balanced diet on a regular basis. Fortunately, elderly care can help. An elderly home care services provider can make eating the right foods more accessible and even more enjoyable for your family. This can mean bringing your parent to the grocery store to stock up on healthy foods, reviewing dietary guidelines from your senior’s doctor with them and researching recipes that fit with those guidelines as well as your parent’s preferences, and actually preparing meals and snacks. If your senior struggles with issues such as swallowing problems, the care provider can also help your parent eat more safely and confidently.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elderly Care in Sacramento, CA, talk to the caring staff at Partners in Care today. Serving El Dorado, Nevada, Yuba, Sutter, Sacramento, Placer, Butte, Glenn, Yolo, & Colusa Counties! Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! (530) 268-7423