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A Sunday Well Spent Brings a Week of Content for Canterbury Residents

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1 November 2020

A Sunday Well Spent Brings a Week of Content for Canterbury Residents

Residents of Connors House Residential Care Home in Canterbury enjoyed a relaxing Sunday, making a tasty homemade cake.

With rain persisting all weekend, residents of the Craddock Road care home enjoyed the perfect rainy-day activity, baking. The keen bakers got together in the activity room, armed with their aprons and wooden spoons, ready to make a delicious cake from scratch.

They filled their cake with strawberries and eagerly awaited its return from the oven, once it was completely cooked, cooled and decorated, they sat down to sample a slice of their hard work and were very pleased with the results.

Christine Devlin, Home Manager of Connors House said: “Our residents love to bake, after years and years of doing it for their families, it’s instilled in them and many of them who suffer with memory loss, still remember things about baking cakes, so it’s a great nostalgic activity for them too.”

Known for its therapeutic effects, baking is an excellent activity for older people, particularly those living with dementia. Studies have shown that baking can be an effective form of therapy that can help to aid relaxation and reduce stress. Baking has also been proven to help prevent and manage depression and help to calm people suffering from dementia.

Many dementia sufferers lose their appetites, meaning that mealtimes can be a struggle. However, studies have shown that baking therapy can be an effective way to help encourage dementia sufferers to eat. Because baking stimulates the sense it can be an effective tool for encouraging dementia sufferers to begin to enjoy food again. The sound of the blender, the feel of the flour, the smell of baking cakes – these experiences help to stimulate the senses.

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