Houstonians have a love of food that transcends our world-renowned restaurants! For many, fond memories revolve around childhood kitchens and the meals that were shared during special occasions. However, home-cooked meals with family and friends are sometimes a forgotten link to the past when seniors have difficulty preparing their meals or simply don’t have the incentive to cook for themselves.
You can encourage your senior loved one to become more involved in meal preparation by recalling the tastes and smells of past holidays and traditions. Invite them to share a favorite family memory by entering a recipe contest.
Grab your family recipe box, thumb through, and find a favorite dish and enter it in the Homemade MemoriesSM Cookbook recipe contest.
The Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 Visa Gift Card and a copy of the Homemade MemoriesSM Cookbook. The winner’s recipe and their story about what makes their dish special to family and friends will be published in the cookbook, as well. Don’t forget to include a family photo, if you wish.
The Homemade MemoriesSM Cookbook will feature 49 runner-up winners’ recipes and stories and the runner-up winners will receive copies of the cookbook. The cookbook will be available in time for the 2011 holiday season.
What are you waiting for? Get cooking!
Contest entry deadline is September 15, 2011. Please visit www.mealsandcompanionship.com for entry guidelines and additional information.
Sharing recipes, sharing laughter, and sharing memories are great ways to tempt your senior loved one’s appetite. 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. That network research revealed these warning signs of poor nutritional health:
- Eating alone most of the time
- Taking three or more different medications a day
- Eating few fruits, vegetables or milk products
- Having an illness/condition that prompted a change in diet
- Not always being physically able to shop, cook or feed themselves
If you have a special method to combat the nutritional pitfalls of seniors, please share with our readers in our forum.
We hope this was helpful. If you have any questions or if you know of a senior that could benefit from our vast array of home care services in Houston, please call us at 832 379-4700 or email us. We accept most long term care insurance as payment and have a full time staff supervising more than 100 quality-trained home care personnel covering the Houston, Texas area.