Baking and Senior Brain Health: The Benefits of a Batch of Cookies
What’s better than the smell of fresh-baked bread? Or cookies? Or cake, just out of the oven to cool before frosting? Homemade goodies conjure memories of a simpler time, perhaps taking us back to a childhood visit to Grandma’s house. But did you know that baking does more than whet the appetite? Baking (and cooking, in general) has actually been shown to significantly improve brain health.
- Cognitive Health, the ability to think, learn, and remember.
- Motor Function, the ability to make and control movement.
- Emotional Function, the ability to interpret and respond to both positive and negative emotion.
- Tactile Function, the ability to feel and respond to touch, including pressure, pain, and temperature.