Podcast: Elevate Your Caregiving in the Kitchen with Melissa & David Bernstein

By Marianne Sciucco, New York, USA

A crucial aspect of caregiving is keeping those in your care engaged and productive with simple, everyday tasks. Such activities can include folding laundry, arranging books, cooking, and eating. Not only does this provide purpose and enjoyment for the care recipient, but it also promotes independence and preserves dignity. Encouraging participation in daily tasks, even in a small capacity, can significantly enhance the overall quality of life for both caregiver and care recipient.

In this podcast, Melissa Bernstein, an occupational therapist, and David Bernstein, a geriatrician with over 40 years of practice, share the importance of these regular activities and how they can benefit those receiving care. They stress the value of including all the senses in these tasks, such as playing music while cooking or eating. The goal is to create a rich, sensory experience that nurtures and engages the mind and body, thereby fostering continued independence and self-worth in the care recipient’s life.

In this episode, you will be able to:

    • Discover their groundbreaking “Power of Five” formula for preventing neurodegenerative diseases.
    • Explore compassionate approaches to nutrition and engagement for Alzheimer’s caregivers and patients.
    • Foster independence and uphold dignity in dementia and Alzheimer’s care.
    • Unlock flavorful secrets from Melissa’s cookbook for healthy eating and pet care.

About the Bernsteins

Melissa and David BernsteinMelissa Bernstein is an accomplished Occupational Therapist with a wealth of experience in various healthcare settings, such as long-term care, assisted living, and hospitals. With a passion for cooking since her teenage years, Melissa has become a certified chef who understands the importance of healthy eating for both the body and the brain. Together with her husband, Dr. David Bernstein, a geriatrician, and author with 40 years of experience, they have created “The Power of Five” program, focusing on healthy eating and engagement for individuals with neurodegenerative disorders.

After the Podcast

Read Melissa and David’s AlzAuthors posts

Discover their books:

The Power of Five Formula:The Ultimate Formula for Longevity & Remaining Youthful

Power of 5 Test Kitchen Cookbook Your Guide to Healthy Cooking and Eating 

The Power of 5 Test Kitchen Cookbook: Caregiver Edition

I’ve Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: YOU’RE OLD: Tales of a Geriatrician, What to expect in your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and Beyond

Senior Driving Dilemmas

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Connect with Melissa

The Powerof5life.com website



Connect with Dr. Bernstein






About the Podcast

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