Tuscaloosa, Alabama-March, 2015-  Yet another engaging activity has been added to the list of exciting opportunities provided to Morning Pointe residents after collaborating with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Alabama.

OLLI is a membership program that provides participants with opportunities for intellectual stimulation, social interaction and cultural development with a focus centered around engaging members and encouraging participation. The program is both planned and managed by members and provides an opportunity for everyone involved to bring something to the table.

“The more I thought about how positively residents had responded to activities that involved cooking, the more I realized a cooking class would be something Morning Pointe residents would enjoy,” Lynn Armour, life enrichment director of Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa said.

Both an educational and engaging experience, the new culinary classes offered at Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa have been designed with a focus on a specific ingredient and to show how it can be implemented in more contemporary recipes along with traditional family favorites.  Zucchini, the sweet potato, the pecan, and buttermilk were some of the ingredients highlighted in the classes thus far.

Residents enjoyed being a part of the class and helped add to the overall experience by sharing their own cooking tips and memories from their years in the kitchen. Armour said she loved watching the residents interact with the OLLI participants and seeing satisfaction spread across their faces as they tried new dishes. “ I am happy to report that most of the dishes received rave reviews,” she said. Jennifer Wood, OLLI member, was thrilled with the class.  “This is by far one of the best cooking classes I have ever been to – I am so happy with the new techniques I learned, and especially the new recipes!”

Located 1.12 miles west of the Cypress Inn on Rice Mine Road toward Northport in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Morning Pointe of Tuscaloosa is a state-of-the-artassisted living community offering 30 spacious apartments with multiple floor plan choices. The community also offers an additional 24 apartments designed to enhance orientation in The Lantern Alzheimer’s memory care program, a separate, secure area of the building.