having Fun in the Kitchen
COOK UP SOME MEMORIES
Cooking helps families bond together and provides them with a chance to make lasting memories with the ones they love. For older adults, food is an opportunity to pass down family recipes, share stories, and even sharpen their minds. Despite these benefits, the kitchen can be a dangerous place for loved ones. Understanding these risks can help families better prepare their kitchens for cooking with their relatives, allowing them to engage fully and independently in this stimulating, fun-filled activity.
COOKING WITH PARENTS
From fires to falls and foodborne illnesses, kitchens can be a dangerous place for loved ones. Plan for your loved one’s unique needs by using a kitchen safety checklist before prepping your first meal together.
Data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency show that adults 65 and over are 2.5 times more likely to die in a kitchen fire. Stoves, ovens, and other kitchen appliances may burn your loved one or catch on fire, posing a threat to their safety. Despite these dangers, there are many quick fixes you can make to your kitchen to make it safer and age-friendly.
IT CAN BE SCARY
Cooking can be taxing on older adults due to the physical demands of the work and layout of a kitchen. These tiny hazards can create a significant fall risk for loved ones.
Older adults are highly susceptible to germs and disease. In the kitchen, foodborne illnesses can wreak havoc on a parent’s body and put them at risk of new disease and infection.
A kitchen isn’t the most accessible place for an aging adult, especially if they have any disabilities. Kitchens can be made age-friendly with just a few quick changes to their layout.
Cooking and your loved one
Cooking is a rewarding way to spend quality time with the loved ones in your life. While cooking can be hazardous, these simple changes can make your kitchen safer and easier to use for your loved one. These are just a few of the many changes you may have to make to ensure your loved one can be safe and independent in their silver years.
Creative cooking ideas with your loved one
While the aging process may feel daunting, Beverly’s Daughter is here to make things easier for you and your loved ones. Send us your questions and about your kitchen’s unique needs, and we will reach out within 48 hours with a customized action plan tailored to your loved one’s individual kitchen needs.
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