Page 6 THE MALDEN ADVOCATE–Friday, May 5, 2023 An intergenerational cooking class at the Senior Center By Karen Colón Hayes O r seniors asked for more intergenerational activities at the senior center, so I listened and acted! Together, we came up with the idea of a cooking activity because we all have shared stories of family and culture which often centered around the kitchen. Culture and food infl uence each other. In my family, food was a way of retaining and retelling our cultural identity and traditions through storytelling with both young and older family members. I want to create that interconnection in Malden and we began at the Malden Senior Center with an intergenerational cooking class. It was exactly how we hoped it would be! The young people were eager to learn and the older generation was eager to teach. We learned so much about each other. Our traditional foods were similar and we learned diff erent techniques on how to fold an empanada from folks who fold dumplings. Our youth learned the correct way to hull strawberries so there wasn’t any waste. As one senior put it, “because strawberries are expensive and it’s a shame not Law Offices of Terrence W. Kennedy 512 Broadway, Everett • Criminal Defense • Personal Injury • Medical Malpractice Tel: (617) 387-9809 Cell: (617) 308-8178 twkennedylaw@gmail.com ~ Home of the Week ~ EAST BOSTON....Solid 3 Family home located in Eagle Hill. This classic home has been family owned since it has been built. All 3 units offer eat in kitchens and dining rooms (2 units have built in china cabinets), laundry in units, generous size rooms and wood flooring through out most of the home. Third floor unit is bright and sunny with views of the Mystic River. All units offer back porches also with views of the Mystic River. Fenced in yard. This home also offers additional finished living space and full bath in the lower level. Replacement windows through out., 2 gas heating systems, 3rd floor is electric heat. De-leaded certificate for the 3rd floor unit and common areas ONLY. This house has been the setting for 3 Hollywood movies. Offered at $1,075,000 335 Central Street, Saugus, MA 01906 (781) 233-7300 View the interior of this home right on your smartphone. View all our listings at: CarpenitoRealEstate.com Malden Public Library Spring Book Sale this weekend T he Friends of the Malden Public Library are holding a fundraising Book Sale this weekend. There will be books, CDs and DVDs available for purchase. Sneak peek for members only: Friday evening, 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Open to the general public: Saturday, 10 a.m. –2 p.m. The Friends have partnered with the New England Coff ee Company for the event and on Saturday are hosting “Coff ee and a Book, the perfect blend!” NECC is providing a Coff ee Truck, which will be parked at the library, and patrons are asked for a donation for the coff ee they order. All Friends of MPL Book Sale fl yer proceeds will go to the Friends of the Malden Public Library to fund programs and purchases. to use the entire fruit.” At one point, we couldn’t fi nd a sharp knife so we learned a trick from a senior how to sharpen the knife on the side of a ceramic mug! There was an excitement in the room and I was told later that seniors felt useful and not ‘talked at’ but respected as elders who have a lot to teach. The benefi ts of programs like these are twofold. For children it includes making them more comfortable with older adults and removes stigma, as well as a fear of aging for children. For older adults, studies have shown that spending time with young children they report less depression and more joy in life. So, I will be scheduling another event in June which will be listed in the Senior Center Monitor Calendar. I will also be hosting offi ce hours. The time and location will be listed in the monitor as well- I want to hear from you!

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