Learning for the Fourth Age (L4A) and our social business partner Planet Leicester Bakers have been delivering ‘bread and conversations’ sessions at ASRA House Residential Care Home through our community project, Baking a Difference.
Sanctuary Care, owners of ASRA House, report that the sessions have proved to be extremely popular with our residents, especially those living with dementia. This is because they are wonderful for the sense of touch, smell and taste, as well as evoking happy memories.
The project uses the process of baking and sharing fresh, handmade bread to encourage residents to share memories and positive feelings associated with bread in their lives.
Home manager Dina Dasani said: “Reminiscence activities like this are ideal, especially for our ladies, who would have made their own chapattis for loved ones at home.
“They recall days gone by when they would sit around the table with their relatives, chatting for hours as they made chapattis. It is like they are doing the same here when they are taking part in these sessions.”
Dina said the sensory benefits for older people living with dementia are really important too. “It is such a good sensory activity for adults with dementia – kneading the dough is lovely for touch and of course the smell and taste of the bread they make is amazing.”
Melissa March, CEO of L4A, said: ”It is fantastic to see the power that the joy of bread can have in transforming how people think and feel. At L4A, we are delighted to have a range of partnerships that enable us to improve the quality of later life for older people receiving care in Leicestershire.”