The Benefits of Baking for Seniors

The Benefits of Baking for Seniors
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Baking is a favorite pastime for many, but as we get older and become less physically capable, it can become more difficult to relive those happy memories. With that being said, if you are able to, perhaps with some additional support, there are many benefits to getting back into the kitchen and whipping up a feast. This piece is going to take a look at the benefits of baking for seniors and why it should be brought back into their lives! So, whether you are a senior yourself or are looking to support one, let’s get into it!

Baking Can Help Ease Stress

Perhaps one of the most important benefits of baking is that it is able to help ease stress. Our modern lives are extremely stressful, and common coping mechanisms are not always healthy, which is why finding a hobby where you can develop skills and enjoy the process is paramount to reducing that uneasy feeling.

It is well known that as we get older we can become more anxious, and baking is an excellent creative outlet that will encourage the mind to slow down without being too taxing physically.

Baking Can Bring Back Fond Memories

Those who are seniors now will most likely have a past that was filled with homemade cooking and baking, as takeaways did not exist as they do today and there was nowhere near the level of readily-available sweet treats on the market. If you know someone who has strong fond memories of baking in their younger years, or if indeed these memories are your own, then relivingthem could put a spark back into their/ your life.

Try out old favorite recipes, or family specials that have been passed down, and create some bonding time that you and your loved one will cherish for years to come. 

Baking Can Help Improve Your Appetite

As we get older, it can be much more difficult to summon up the enthusiasm to eat. Our appetites tend to decrease as we age, which can be detrimental to our health. Cooking and baking can go a long way in assisting someone’s appetite for the better, especially if someone can look forward to what is cooking! Many parts of baking stimulate several senses, which can all help increase someone’s hunger and anticipation for something delicious. You can even infuse your bakes with some festive fun using accessories like christmas stencils!

Control Over Ingredients

All sorts of ingredients, additives and preservatives go into our food these days, which can be harmful to those in good health. Not only that, but for those who have allergies or intolerances, trying to check over ingredients can be a nightmare, especially if you are elderly! Take all of the guesswork out by creating your own baked goods from scratch so you know exactly what is inthem. You will be able to swap out ingredients that you are less keen on and mix things up to make your perfect cake or cookies!