Food to bring back old memories

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Engaging in sensory stimulation is a fantastic way to fire up the neurons and get those old memories flooding back. This is particularly important for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia where cognitive decline impacts memory. Something simple like whipping up an old favourite in the kitchen can create delicious aromas, sights and tastes all of which are known to bring back long held memories and feelings.

Alzheimer’s can have an impact on all of the senses, including touch, smell, taste, and sight. We have put together a list of delicious foods that pack big flavour, interesting textures, gorgeous smells and an appetising aesthetic.

Easy tuna pasta bake recipe

Tuna pasta bake has been a firm family favourite since the 60’s and it’s easy to see why. It’s simple, delicious and cheap! Tuna pasta bake features a lot of strong tastes, smells and textures to get the senses going and bring back some old family memories.

There’s something about the smell of tuna, cheese, breadcrumbs and pasta in the oven that just gets the mind racing. It’s one of those dishes that creates an aroma that fills the house, creating a sense of wholesomeness that is sure to transport someone back in time.

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Simple but tasty quiche lorraine

Lardons, gruyere cheese, nutmeg, all bold flavours packed into one delicious dish, what’s not to like? Those who have baked a homemade quiche before will understand how incredible they smell in the oven.

The crumbly pastry crust and soft, whipped, filling make for easy eating for older people that might find chewing difficult. Taste buds change as we age and having strong tasting ingredients like salty, smoky, lardon’s will have a better chance of breaking through and invoking those old memories that we are seeking.

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What can I make with cherries? Cherry crumble!

Cherries are an absolute staple taste of the dessert world. Sweet and aromatic with a distinct flavour, totally setting them apart from the rest. They become simply irresistible when partnered with a rich, sugary, crumble.

The crumble in all of its forms holds a special place in the hearts of most people. It just emanates that vintage feel, bringing back memories of visiting the grandparents and being greeted with the warm scent of sweet fruits with a glorious golden topping.

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An old favorite, pineapple upside down cake

The upside down cake to millennials might look like a strange and intriguing dessert, but journey back to the 50's, 60's and 70's they were a go to sweet treat for many households. This brightly coloured, tropical, sensory sensation creates a feast for the eyes, while the glaze and pineapple topping combine to topple the taste buds and bring back childhood memories.

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If you’re feeling inspired and would like some assistance in the kitchen, our dedicated ‘meal preparation’ service could be for you. Our Care Professional’s can take care of all of your cooking needs so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the tastes of a time gone by.

If you would like to find out more about Radfield Home Care and how you can join the team, you can visit www.radfieldhomecare.co.uk or contact your local office.


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