Time in kitchen can cut Alzheimer’s risk

Spending more time in the kitchen, washing dishes or cooking and baking can noticeably reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease even in people who are in their 80s.

A study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago monitored over 700 volunteers with an average age of 82. Participants wore a device that monitored their day-to-day activity. During the three year study 71 of the volunteers developed Alzheimer’s and researchers concluded that the least active were more than twice as likely to develop the disease than those who were most active.

The study concurs with one undertaken by Bangor University that indicated that baking can reduce the onset of dementia. Dr Aron Buchman said:

“The results of our study indicate that all physical activities including exercise as well as other activities such as cooking, washing the dishes and cleaning are associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease.”

Agreeing that exercise is a well-established way of reducing your risk of developing dementia, Dr Anne Corbett, research manager at the Alzheimer’s Society commented: “[As] this shows, there are things you can do to help reduce your risk. Eating a Mediterranean diet high in oxidants and oily fish and even the odd glass of red wine can also help.”

What do you think? Do you have any anecdotal evidence that spending time in the kitchen improves a persons sense of well-being or improves the health of someone suffering from dementia? Have your say below. And don’t forget to visit our store to browse and buy from our range of cookware and bakeware.

Abingdon bun throwing championships

currant bunsContinuing the traditions of our eccentric country, the people of Abingdon have just held the first-ever World Bun Throwing Championships!

Since King George III’s coronation in 1761, officials in Abingdon, Oxfordshire have thrown currant buns from the roof of its County Hall to mark special, Royal or national occasions. The currant buns (as pictured with butter mmm) are sometimes to as ‘Rejoicing buns’. I don’t quite know why someone decided to throw buns from a roof top a couple of hundred years ago but Abingdon Museum explains more.

This Saturday, the inaugural World Bun Throwing Championships were held and the two winners were winners were Selina Wallis with a 29.7m (97.4ft) throw and Danny Parry with 57.8m (189.6ft). For an excellent report of the championships, along with several in-action photos do read Richard Gottfried’s  blog.

It strikes me that the younger competitors had the best idea. The Mayor of Abingdon, Michael Badcock, said: “Some of the younger contestants decided to eat their buns rather than throwing them but that didn’t matter, it was a great day and a lot of fun.”

JLS and Saturdays stars announce wedding day in cutlery

rochelle wedding date forksRochelle Wiseman, singer in girl group The Saturdays appears to have announced the date of her wedding by posting a photo of engraved bride and groom forks on her groups facebook page.

Rochelle, 23, is engaged to Marvin Humes, also a singer in boy band JLS (official web site). According to the photo their wedding date is 19, October 2012 (note the date in the photo is American month-day-year format).

At time of writing the photo has received 2,099 ‘likes’ so it would seem that fans of the groups approve.

Personally, I can’t say I’m too fussed on either group but our own girls like their music so I’ll have to tell them the exciting news!