Dec 3 Care Mission

Bake your Heart Out!

From breads to gingerbread cookies, holiday baking is a tradition for many this time of year. Throw in an extra dozen of cookies for a senior relative or neighbor that may not be up to the task. Or better yet, invite them to bake with you.

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The Facts: According to the CDC, from 2013 to 2015, nearly half of all people over age 65 were diagnosed with arthritis by their doctor. Conditions like this may limit mobility or make once enjoyable hobbies like baking more difficult. Additionally, according to a 2012 National Institutes of Health study, 43 percent of people over 60 felt lonely.

Baking is a great way to spread some cheer or help someone keep up with their holiday traditions.

Here are some ways you can use your kitchen and baking skills to brighten someone’s day.

  • Invite an older relative or neighbor to bake with you and your family. The more generations, the merrier!

  • Drop off your favorite holiday cookies or breads to someone who lives alone. Use the opportunity to visit with them when you bring over the treats.

  • Host a gingerbread or cookie decorating party. Remember to include friends and neighbors who may be facing the holiday season alone this year.

What is your favorite holiday recipe to share?

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  1. Jean

    28 Missions Completed


    Will bake cookies for my clients.

  2. Gloria

    41 Missions Completed


    I brought cookies to a senior who lives near me.

  3. Peggy

    27 Missions Completed


    I knew I was going to a French ladies house. Wanting to please her, I looked up crepe recipes and practice making them at home. Then the date finally came when I was able to go to the French ladies house and I made her crepes. She doesn’t have a very good appetite, but after eating three crepes she asked if there were any more. It just warms my heart and brings a smile to my face when I can do something for someone who has lived 85 years

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