Contributed by: News Canada
(NC) - Health care professionals who are experienced in helping families care for someone with Alzheimer's disease understand the benefits of increased social interaction such as family gatherings and participation in familiar daily activities (e.g. cooking). This helps provide mental and physical stimulation for the person with Alzheimer's disease. It's also important to continue recognizing their abilities, interests and life-long skills that can help maintain and enhance their quality of life.
Try this tasty recipe for Coffee Cake with the person you are caring for and take some time out together for your own special 'Coffee Break'.
Beat honey with butter until smooth; beat in eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla.
Stir together flour, baking powder, cardamom, baking soda and salt.
Add to honey mixture alternately with sour cream, making 3 additions of dry mixture and 2 of sour cream.
Spoon into greased 9-inch springform pan, smoothing top.
Stir together almonds, sugar and flour.
Cut in butter until crumbly. Sprinkle over batter.
Bake in 350 F (180 C) oven for about 1 hour or until tester inserted into center comes out clean. Let cool in pan on rack for 15 minutes. Remove from pan; let cool completely.
Sprinkle cinnamon over cake. Whisk icing sugar with milk; drizzle over cake.
Where to get help
Call your local Alzheimer Society, call 1-800-616-8816 or visit www.alzheimer.ca. Ask for a copy of the brochure Caring for Someone with Alzheimer Disease?
Canadian Alzheimer's Disease Centre www.alzheimercentre.com or call 1-888-370-6444 to speak with a registered nurse
Victoria Order of Nurses (www.von.ca/)
Serving Size: Makes 10 servings
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