The Mental Benefits of Baking
Engages all the senses
Touch, sight, smell, sound and taste - all the senses are engaged when it comes to baking. There are multiple studies out there to suggest that sensory stimulation is beneficial for those with dementia and provides a platform to reminisce and socialise. They may also be reminded of a time when they baked with their family in the past, which helps improve mood and provides a talking point.
Helps increase appetite
A reduction in appetite becomes more common as people age for a number of reasons, such as a reduced sense of smell or a lower metabolic rate. However, this can mean that it is easy for elderly people to become apathetic about their diet.
Getting them involved in the food making process via cooking or baking is a great way to rekindle their passion and enjoyment of food as a whole and can be a good tool for increasing appetite.
Repetitive actions and tasks help to reduce stress and anxiety. That’s why you often see top athletes repeating the same actions before a big moment. Thankfully, baking is full of repetitive tasks, from cracking eggs to whisking and kneading dough, which can greatly help those living with dementia to relax.