Every Tuesday afternoon at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton (TN), the baking club gets together and creates a yummy treat for everyone to enjoy, courtesy of Sandie Payne, a resident assistant at the Alzheimer’s memory care community. Although Payne is relatively new to the role of the baking club’s leader, having volunteered to take the helm after the previous leader stepped down, she is no stranger to baking. She has fond childhood memories of helping her grandmother pick cherries for her famous cherry pie, and she often baked apple pie with her mother. Now, as an adult, Payne is just as known for her baking as her mother and grandmother were.
Payne’s enthusiasm for baking—and for her residents—is evident at each club meeting. She encourages residents to take part in the baking process by helping to prepare ingredients, and she always wears her beloved apple apron, a cherished keepsake that she has had for over ten years, and a large smile on her face. “I love being a part of the baking club because it allows me to show the residents another side of myself, aside from just being a resident assistant,” Payne says. “Leading the baking club is my way of giving back and sharing something I love with the people I love to take care of.”
“Our residents always enjoy the baking club and feel accomplished for making the desserts,” says Sarah Smith, the Lantern Program Coordinator at The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Clinton. “I am so grateful to Sandie for her wonderful ideas and eagerness to help with activities! She has really made this club hers!”