Centennial students cook up connections with Royal Rose Place seniors

Food has always brought people together, and at one Welland long-term-care facility it has been doing just that, bridging the divide between generations.

“We all eat. Kids can talk food, seniors can talk food,” said Welland McMaster Family Health Team dietician Deborah Van Dyke, who helped spearhead a new program, Cooking Together, at Royal Rose Place.

Based on a similar program that ran in Niagara-on-the-Lake, the effort saw 28 Welland Centennial Secondary School culinary students visiting the home once a week over the last month, cooking, eating and interacting with 15 residents. The food, said Van Dyke, was a means to an end in fostering connections between the seniors and teenagers so often split by a generation gap.

This story has been published by Steve Henschel and Niagara This Week, on November 7, 2018. To read the full story and view media, please click here