Residents at a Sanctuary Care home in Bromsgrove have been peeling, chopping, dicing and stirring to create mouth-watering chutneys as part of World Alzheimer's Day.
Reminiscing back to childhood years
To mark the occasion the team and residents at Breme Care Home in Providence Road spent the morning making tomato chutney, which proved to be a wonderful and therapeutic reminiscence activity for them.
Resident Margaret Devane absolutely loved making the chutney with her fellow residents.
She said: “We added cinnamon sticks to the ingredients and the smell was just so beautiful. It took me back to my childhood years – my mother’s recipe was the best.”
Meanwhile fellow resident Barbara Gittins, who really enjoyed chopping the tomatoes and apples added: “The smell of it cooking was overwhelming and I can’t wait to taste the chutney – if it tastes as good as it smells it will be marvellous.”
The home’s, which provides residential care and dementia care, activities leader Helen Barron said the event was a wonderful activity for reminiscence, conjuring up many happy memories of when the residents were younger.
“Some of our residents live with dementia so this was an activity which made us all think. We are going to jar up the chutney and put pretty ribbons and labels on them so that we can give them to our residents’ loved ones,” she said.
About World Alzheimer’s Day
Monday 21 September is a day when people around the world unite to raise awareness of and challenge stigmas associated with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.