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Coffee For A Cause

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.

Coffee For A Cause
Coffee Breakô is the Alzheimer Society's nation-wide fundraiser and is held each September. Donations are collected for every cup of coffee poured. The Alzheimer Society estimates that this year, more than 10,000 Coffee Break events will be held across Canada. This year's Coffee Break will be held on September 21 which is also World Alzheimer's Day. Contact your local Alzheimer Society to find the nearest location of a Coffee Breakô in your area.

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'.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of liquid honey
  • 1/2 cup of butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 2/3 cup of sour cream

Directions:

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.

Streusel Topping

  • 1/2 cup of sliced almonds
  • 1/3 cup of packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon of butter

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.

Icing

  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup of icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoon of milk

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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