Brain Healthy Cooking
Ed and Nelson, through a program titled Brain Healthy Cooking, are attempting to help communities live healthier and happier lives. The program provides evidence for brain healthy nutrients as well as gives some practical examples of foods people should consider incorporating into their own healthy lifestyles. Our goal is to encourage people to think about what they are eating and to help them consider making healthy nutritional choices.
"Many chronic diseases, including dementia, can be linked back to poor eating habits. If we can encourage people to make better dietary choices now, hopefully we can help our community live longer, happier and healthier lives. If we can encourage people to do this, I believe we can help change the numbers (number of deaths) associated with many chronic diseases in America," says Ed
The idea for the program came after a recent health scare of his own. After getting a not-so-good report from his doctor, Ed changed his diet, which in turn changed his prognosis. This got him thinking, "if food has the power to change my life, what impact does it have on the lives of our residents at Silverado and on lives of the families that we serve?"
The Brain Healthy Cooking presentation with demonstration is based off the diet Ed Blomendahl incorporated into his own personal life and from an article out of UCLA written about food and how it's affecting our brains. Ed and Nelson give the presentation on a fairly regular basis and have recently provided the presentation at hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, assisted living communities, independent living facilities, senior and community centers, as well as at community events.