Fun Ways to Integrate Chocolate Into Your Loved One’s Care RoutineMarch 3, 2017
March 19 through 25 is American Chocolate Week. When most people think of chocolate, they immediately think of a sweet treat that is only beneficial because it is delicious. Studies, however, have shown that this is not really the case. While chocolate does contain calories, fat, and sugar, which you want to make sure that your parent consumes only in moderation, it also has a wide variety of beneficial components, including antioxidants, fiber, and minerals. These can help protect your parent’s body from cellular damage, cancer, cognitive functioning decline, and high blood pressure, and can also promote feelings of satisfaction, reduce cholesterol, and support cardiovascular health.
Eating a piece of high quality dark chocolate each day can be a good way to boost your parent’s diet and even support mental and emotional health, but there are many other ways that you can integrate this special treat into your parent’s care routine as well. These can be fun ways to stimulate your parent’s mind and encourage you to spend time with them making memories that you can treasure into the future.
Let these ideas inspire you for fun ways to integrate chocolate into your loved one’s care routine during American Chocolate Week and throughout the rest of the year:
Make a mocha. Give a boost to your parent’s morning coffee with a bit of dark chocolate. Stir in high quality chocolate syrup or grate chocolate into the coffee and stir to melt.
Try savory chocolate. Chocolate does not just have to be a sweet treat. In many cultures, chocolate is used in savory applications, such as chicken mole. Try researching some of these recipes with your loved one and cooking together so that you can have fun exploring new flavors and keeping their mind active and engaged.
Use aromatherapy. Just the smell of chocolate can offer a variety of benefits. Getting a whiff of chocolate can make your parent feel more relaxed, create feelings of calm and happiness, and bring back memories of times when they enjoyed chocolate. Look for chocolate-scented candles or even purchase chocolate fragrance oil and make body products together, such as body butter, bath salts, and sugar scrub.
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Patricia started her nursing career 19 years ago at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and research institution in New York City, and since then has gained experience in Adult Intensive Care Units (ICU) , Pediatric Care (PICU ), Operating Room (OR) , mental health and community settings. She later moved into director of nursing roles, where she obtained extensive experience in leading and developing the nursing profession. She also pioneered good partnership working with other health care organizations, as well as social services, and the wider community.