Recipe contest launched to stir up old memories

July 31, 2011 by , filed under: Senior Health 

Apple strudel, meat loaf, spaghetti bolognese or chocolate cake – every kind of recipe is welcome in the nationwide competition

A recipe competition for seniors has been launched by the Home Instead Senior Care network.

The in-home care agency hopes the Homemade Memories Recipe Contest will help to reduce depression and loneliness among the older generation as they collate their favorite recipes together and discuss cooking with their family caregivers. Research from the organization revealed that a lack of companionship is the largest mealtime challenge for the elderly.

Jeff Huber, President and COO of Home Instead Inc said: “Many seniors need help planning and preparing nutritious meals. But that’s only part of the story. So many seniors want to relive a time around the dinner table when they are sharing their lives with the people they love most. Home Instead Senior Care network research reveals that seniors who live alone want good-tasting, nutritious food and stimulating conversation when they share home-cooked meals with family and friends.”

Entrants have to submit a short story detailing why their recipe is so special by September 15 to be eligible for the grand prize – a $500 visa gift card that they can use to help make new memories with their loved ones. Some of the recipes will be published online and a special edition Homemade Memories Cookbook will also be produced just in time for holiday season. Runner-up winners will receive a printed copy of the book and all proceeds from the sales will go to the non-profit Home Instead Senior Care® Foundation.

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