How to continue cooking into your older years

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Last Updated on December 8, 2023

Older woman cleaning vegetables in the sink preparing them for dinner.

Cooking might seem like a hobby that we can do anytime. All you need is a few ingredients, a few tools and somewhere to prepare and cook your meal and you’re able to make all manner of things. Unfortunately, as we get older, it becomes harder to do the things we love, including cooking. Here are some handy tips to help you continue this hobby in your older years. 

Keep your eyesight sharp

One of the most important tools when it comes to cooking isn’t your weighing scales, or your mixing bowl, or even your oven. The most important tool is your sight. It allows you to follow recipes, prepare ingredients safely and judge whether a dish is properly cooked or not. Unfortunately, in our older years, our eyesight can start to deteriorate. If you are suffering from problems like cataracts, it’s important to seek medical attention sooner rather than later. You might think all cataract operations provide the same level of results, but this isn’t the case. Make sure you do your research and find a lens that will not only reduce the effects of cataracts but help improve your vision. For example, Panoptix lenses not only solve the problem of cataracts, but they can also make your vision crisper and make colours appear brighter. They are the only trifocal lens available in the United States, so make sure you find a doctor who can fit you with these lenses rather than another brand that might not have the same positive effect on your eyesight. 

Bring things closer to your level

As we get older, we become less flexible than we were when we were younger. Different muscles and even bones start to ache after even the smallest of stretches. To avoid any aches and pains whilst you prepare your food, try and bring everything to the right level for you to work at. Instead of arching your back over a bowl whilst weighing out ingredients, bring the scales to a height where you don’t need to bend. This can be done by simply adding a few cooking books or a big chopping board underneath any piece of equipment you’re using. Use a book stand to angle your recipe book in the best position for you to be able to read it. This way you won’t be left with a bad back after you’ve prepared your dish. 

Get a dishwasher

Often one of the most exhausting parts of any baking session is the tidying up afterwards. It’s highly likely that you’ve used lots of different bowls, pans and other utensils to make whatever cake, bread or other meal you were creating. If the sight of dirty pots and pans piled high on your kitchen counter is filling you with dread, why not find a much easier way of getting them clean. Get a dishwasher installed so you can simply load in all of your equipment and close the door. That means you’ll spend less time and energy cleaning up and have more time to do the things you really want to do. 

There we have it, three top tips to make life easier when you’re cooking. Bon appetit!

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