People living alone often feel isolated, vulnerable and can suffer from depression, low self-esteem and confidence, so their health suffers. Often they are lonely and do not get out of the house. These sessions enable people to meet regularly and form new friendships and have a reason to go out, which in turn helps to reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation.
We currently run a monthly cooking demonstration in Seaton. They run every 4th Tuesday of the month, 11:00-12:30 at The Marshlands Day Centre ( Harbour Road, Seaton, EX12 2LT.
These provide practical skills in cooking and nutritional knowledge to help people living alone improve their diets and feel supported. It encourages people to cook from scratch, have increased confidence in cooking, and provides a fun and informal environment to meet new people while learning about healthy food
They are for:
- People who have been diagnosed with heart disease, Type 2 diabetes or high blood pressure who need to change their diet and lifestyle to improve their health;
- Men who have been widowed who have not cooked before and need to learn so they can look after themselves properly;
- Older people who find it increasingly difficult to cook for themselves;
- People with learning disabilities who want to build confidence to cook for themselves regularly.
- People with dysphagia or swallowing difficulties, who may find that they cannot eat many of their favourite foods.