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Fortune cookies helping elderly with dementia

FORTUNE cookies are having a therapeutic effect on those living with dementia in the North East.

Residents at Pelton Grange Care Home, in Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, have been making the popular takeaway biscuits in celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The home’s cooking enthusiasts took over the kitchen to create the cookies using a traditional recipe – before inserting their own handwritten fortunes.

Using their culinary skills has proven beneficial for those with dementia, according to home manager Chris Hogan-Hind.

He said: "We are always looking for activities to get the residents using familiar skills, especially for those living with dementia, as it has a very positive effect on their mood and wellbeing.

“Many of the residents used to cook for their families and friends, so the Chinese New Year waFortune cookies helping elderly with dementias a good opportunity to get them involved in preparing a meal for fellow residents.

“They thoroughly enjoyed making the fortune cookies and testing their culinary skills.”

Resident Brenda Clifford said: “It was the best day in a long time, and I enjoyed watching the mixer going round and round. 

“It was nice to go in the kitchen and see where our food comes from. I couldn’t believe the size.”

As well as learning the making fortune cookies, residents were treated to a dinner of chicken curry with rice and noodles, prawn crackers, spring rolls and prawn wraps.

Resident Lillian Ford added: “The meal was delicious. I can remember having a takeaway with my husband and the smell coming from the dining room was like being in a proper Chinese restaurant.”

Pelton Grange Care Home is part of the Hill Care Group. For further information visit www.hillcare.net
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