The importance of sharing a meal


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The social importance of family mealtime has been expounded for decades, and the valuable social aspect of this ritual doesn’t end as you age.

Sharing a meal with a senior can be a fun experience for everyone involved, from preparing the meal together to sharing memories, experiences and knowledge at mealtime. But it might take a little bit of encouragement to help a senior open up.

Dr. Amy D’Aprix, a life transition consultant, author, corporate speaker, facilitator, coach and an expert in aging, retirement and caregiving, said that “Sharing memories is a great way to deepen your relationship with an aging relative.” D’Aprix created Caring Cards, a packet of playing card look-alikes featuring more than 50 questions covering a wide range of topics to help engage a senior loved one in a meaningful mealtime conversation.

Two questions from the Caring Cards to help simulate conservation include: “What are some of the most valuable things you learned from your parents?;” and  “What was a major turning point in your life and how did it affect you?”

To learn more about the Caring Cards or the Craving Companionship program, visit www.mealsandcompanionship.com. Don’t forget that voting for the recipe contest included in the Craving Companionship program ends soon, so be sure to vote for your favorite recipe by following the link to the Homemade Memories Recipe Contest also found at www.mealsandcompanionship.com. The Homemade Memories Cookbook will be available yet this year in time for the 2011 holiday season, with proceeds going to the non-profit Home Instead Senior Care Foundation that benefits North American seniors.

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