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YWCA Day Center program members enjoyed celebrating National Pizza Day!  Program members cooked pizza from scratch and enjoyed some laughs in the process. Food—and the act of cooking— have powerful meaning to older adults. Food defines culture, family history, and traditions. For many, cooking signifies basic worth, self- image, and role identity. Cooking programs have the potential to calm, increase appetite, and entice people to a social gathering. These programs provide familiar sensory stimulation with smells, textures, and taste. They also provide cognitive and physical stimulation. Cooking provides the opportunity to take pride in oneself and perform past roles. Providing individuals with cooking opportunities increases socialization as preparing and eating foods is the most social of all activities of daily living (ADLs) and is the glue of our social system.

YWCA Day Center program members enjoyed celebrating National Pizza Day! Program members cooked pizza from scratch and enjoyed some laughs in the process. Food—and the act of cooking— have powerful meaning to older adults. Food defines culture, family history, and traditions. For many, cooking signifies basic worth, self- image, and role identity. Cooking programs have the potential to calm, increase appetite, and entice people to a social gathering. These programs provide familiar sensory stimulation with smells, textures, and taste. They also provide cognitive and physical stimulation. Cooking provides the opportunity to take pride in oneself and perform past roles. Providing individuals with cooking opportunities increases socialization as preparing and eating foods is the most social of all activities of daily living (ADLs) and is the glue of our social system.

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