Taste and Tell brings unique culinary experience to local memory care residents

Published: Jan. 24, 2019 at 7:28 PM EST
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At Brookridge Heights Assisted Living and Memory Care, they're doing things a bit differently than you might expect.

Memory Support Director, Brian Gaudreau says the on-sight staff and volunteers are all pitching in to create a unique experience for the residents.

"Taste and tell is about engaging all of their senses. So today we're doing pizza. They will make pizza for dinner tonight and everybody will be involved," Gaudreau declared.

So the residents can really get involved and truly use all their senses for something as simple as dinner.

“They like that. Otherwise you know you'd just be sitting here. This way they get to have fun, interact with people, and get their hands dirty," Ruth Forgette commented. She volunteers for the occasional events. Her Mother is also a resident in the Memory Care Community.

"It makes me feel so good, because my Mom was a great cook," Forgette recalled.

Executive Chef Adam Lund says when these memory care residents become engaged, they're transported to their younger years, when they may have feed an entire house full of friends and family.

"The food I think lends very well to this. Because you always eat with your eyes first and you eat with your nose and you eat with your mouth. So there's three senses right there," Lund reckoned.

The more senses we engage, the more it becomes an interactive social event. It's also a nice way for family to share old memories and perhaps even make some new ones.

"My mother is almost 97. When she came here I felt this immense guilt because she wasn't with me. This way I can be with her. I can be with all of her new friends and her new family here and sort of give some of my cooking skills to them," Forgette asserted.

Which senses do you think bring back the strongest memories do you think?

“All the smells I think bring it back to her. I know it brings back memories for me and my childhood. So that's good. The more memories we can revive in people the better,” Forgette concluded.