Let’s talk….cooking and its benefits for seniors
There are countless reasons to get busy in the kitchen. Here are just a few of our favourites.
Improve overall health
We know that people who cook at home eat a greater variety of foods than those who primarily eat out. The benefit of eating a broad and varied diet is that it stimulates our senses and encourages us to consume a broader range of nutrients, which decreases our risk of deficiency and malnutrition and leads to better overall health. And even better, we also know that when compared to people who predominantly eat out or opt for pre-prepared meals, those who cook their food at home eat meals in portions more aligned to their health and lifestyle goals.
Aside from being delicious and fuelling us, food can also be therapeutic. Cooking and baking can help relieve stress and provide us with an enormous sense of joy and purpose. Taking the time to prepare a nutritious meal in your home prioritises your health and well-being, positively impacts your memory, and boosts confidence in the kitchen, living, and age well.
Cooking is an expression of love in numerous cultures across the world. Cooking with or for another person like your partner, family or friends can strengthen your bond with them. Collaborating in the kitchen to prepare a dish or sitting together to enjoy a meal supports emotional connections and improves mental well-being.