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Stimulating Your Parent’s Mind in the Kitchen on National Cupcake Day

By Denise Roskamp

Elder Care in Concord MA

December 15 is National Cupcake Day. This is the perfect opportunity for you to get into the kitchen with your aging parent and stimulate their mind for sharper memory and cognitive processing skills. While keeping their mind more responsive and healthier, this also helps to bond your relationship with your aging loved one and create memories that you will treasure well into the future.

Use these tips to stimulate your parent’s mind in the kitchen on National Cupcake Day:

• Researching recipes. Researching cupcake recipes with your aging parent is a great way to encourage them to come up with ideas for flavors and use technology effectively.

• Collect ingredients. Even if your aging parent is suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, they can exercise their mind and be involved in the process by collecting the ingredients that you need to make the cupcakes. Try giving them a very short list of only one or two items that they need to find, give them time to find them, and then give them more to find. This might take some time, but each one gives them a sense of accomplishment and keeps their brain active.

• Measuring ingredients. Go through the recipe carefully and encourage your aging parent to measure each of the ingredients. This uses their cognitive processing skills, critical thinking skills, memory skills, and mathematic skills. Watch them carefully to ensure that they are measuring properly and ensure that they do not mix ingredients together before the recipe dictates.

• Following instructions. Encourage your aging parent to read each step of the recipe thoroughly, follow it until it is complete, and then move on to the next. Being able to read, follow, and complete instructions is an important part of keeping the mind healthy, responsive, and active. If they are suffering from cognitive functioning decline, they might struggle with following complex instructions. You might need to help them break down each of the instructions into smaller steps so that they are able to follow through with them. For example, you might need to specify that they should put the ingredients in the bowl and then mix them rather than just telling them to mix them.

Starting elder care for your aging parent is an exceptional way to help them live a more active, engaged, and fulfilling quality of life. An elderly home care services provider can be with your aging parent as frequently as is right for their needs and the care efforts that you already put forth for them, ensuring that they get the care, support, and assistance that they need to stay healthy, safe, and happy. Getting into the kitchen with them to bake cupcakes or any other special treats is a wonderful way for the two of them to build a relationship, enjoy companionship, and keep active while also helping to keep your aging parent’s mind sharper and more responsive. This type of personalized care will give your parent what they need to live a lifestyle that they desire and deserve as they age in place.