Baking with the Elderly

Bildschirmfoto 2016-03-14 um 09.09.34The Christmas season has started and the air is filled with warm spicy aromas and beautiful sounds of bells. Christmas lights and decoration sparkle everywhere. In this festive time we therefore decided to bring the scent of Christmas cookies and mulled wine to those who cannot go outside and take a stroll across the crowded Christmas markets. We chose to organize a “cookie-baking” afternoon with the inhabitants of the nursing home “Wichernhaus” of the Diakonie Düsseldorf.

Hence, on St. Nicholas Day 3 members of Bringing Smiles and 7 volunteers set out to have a jovial get-together with the senior citizens. It was a great afternoon; some of the elderly people could participate in the cookie baking while others simply watched, had a cup of hot alcohol free “Kinderpunsch” (fruit punch) or “Glühwein” (mulled wine), listened to the Christmas music and enjoyed the smell of the freshly baked cookies. The active inhabitants helped as much as they could with the cookie dough shaping, choosing the nicest cookie cutters and cutting out the forms, decorating with icing or sprinkling it with chocolate chips or candy sprinkles. The cookies were kept for the next day, the 2. advent, as a desert for after a festive meal and we hope that everyone enjoyed it.

We would like to thank Ms Martini (Head of Social Services, Diakonie Düsseldorf) and Ms Gogiberidze (Honorary office coordinator, Wichern-Haus) for making this event possible and for supporting us with the supply of all important baking utensils. Special thanks also to Ms Ebker for supporting us during the event and of course to all the voluntary helpers for their great support: Andres Lutzmann, Yue Li, Aline & Gabriel Alvarenga, Catherin Bayer, Sama Dabait, Natalia Khromova,

For data protection reasons we are unfortunately not allowed to publish any pictures which show the inhabitants of the “Wichern-Haus”. We regret this, but fully respect the demands of the Diakonie Düsseldorf.

December 2014,
Düsseldorf