Cooking for Seniors Week

Silver Chain's Mandurah and Fremantle Day Centre clients, staff and volunteers, launched Our Classic Family Recipes cook book, which was produced in four languages for Seniors Week 2012.

Over 40 senior clients aged up to 95 years from both Australian and multicultural backgrounds participated in the development and production of the cook book. Clients shared recipes, prepared the ingredients, put the dishes together, posed for photographs and tasted the end result – 12 main courses and 13 desserts. Staff and volunteers supported the project, assisting with the cooking sessions and translating the book into a multicultural resource – available in English, Italian, Portuguese and Croatian.

Silver Chain’s Day Centres provide respite to carers and enable clients to interact with others in a comfortable home-like environment. The Fremantle and Mandurah Day Centres support clients from various cultural backgrounds in participating in a wide range of activities which support individual health and wellness. The activities, including cooking – a perennial favourite, ensure clients remain an integral part of society by empowering them to socialise and actively take part in events at the Day Centres and in the community.

The project has been based on both the Wellness and Person Centred Approaches, which are supportive of our clients’ social and emotional needs and which underpin the Silver Chain philosophy.

Thanks to COTA WA, the Department for Communities and LotteryWest for supporting this project.

Photo courtesy of the Community Newspaper Group.