CLINTON, Tenn. — Every Tuesday after lunch at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton, you can smell the sweet aroma of baked goods made by resident assistant Sandie Payne. Throughout the day, Payne is busy providing care and comfort to the residents at the Alzheimer’s memory care community. But when the clock strikes noon, she’s whipping up meals and also memories.
As a child, Payne helped her grandmother pick cherries to make her famous cherry pie. She remembers there always being something sweet at the table as her mother was always baking. As the years went by, Payne inherited generations of family recipes. From chocolate chip cookies, to an assortment of cakes, Payne takes pride in her pastry-making heritage.
Today, she shares those time-honored treats with the seniors at The Lantern at Morning Pointe as a member of the community’s Baking Club.
“It’s like getting to be a kid again in my grandmother’s and mom’s kitchen,” she says. “My residents get to share their memories as well and maybe some events that have been lost and have now resurfaced.”
There’s no mistaking Tuesday’s at Morning Pointe when Payne ties up her favorite apple apron that she’s had for more than a decade. Her childhood memories rise like the flaky, buttery dough of her special homemade apple pie recipe, which the residents can’t get enough of. Though she gets much joy out of the Baking Club meetings, she says the activity is her way of giving back to the people she loves.
“That joy in their laughs and sparkle in their eyes mean the world to me,” Payne says. “I love to see their smiles and receive their hugs as much as I give them. Each and every one is so very special to me.”
Behind every Meaningful Day™ at Morning Pointe is a team of associates like Payne who make memories with the residents — one slice at time.
Photo: Sandie Payne, resident assistant at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton, wears her favorite apple apron while preparing treats for the Baking Club at the Alzheimer’s memory care community.