Caregiver – October is the Month to Cut the Cheese!
Is this article cheesy enough for you? Well, it’s American Cheese Month in October, so it’s the perfect time of year to get a little more cheese (and humor) in your elderly parent’s life. In order to celebrate the delicious and various cheese of America, there are many different activities you can do. Wherever cheese is sold, you can usually find these kinds:
- Fresh cheese
- Cheeses that have not been aged, with a high moisture content, creamy taste and a soft texture: feta, cream cheese, quark, cottage cheese
- Soft-ripened cheese
- These are usually ripened from the outside in, are very soft, nearly runny at room temperature and have an edible rind: brie, camembert
- Semi-soft cheese
- A semi-soft cheese has a smooth, creamy inside with little to no rind, with high moisture: Colby, Havarti, Monterey jack
- Firm or hard cheese
- This is a rather broad category, ranging from mild to pungent in taste with an elastic texture: gouda, most cheddar, swiss, gruyere, parmesan
- Blue cheese
- This describes a cheese with blue or green veining, when mold added is exposed to the air: Roquefort or French cheese, Danish blue, gorgonzola
- Pasta filata cheese
- This Italian-origin variety is cooked and kneaded, ranging from fresh to hard cheese styles: mozzarella, provolone, scamorza
- Natural rind cheese
- The rinds on these cheeses are self-formed, no molds added, and these cheeses are aged for several weeks: French tome de savoie, English stilton, Lancashire cheese
- Washed rind cheese
- These are ripened on the surface with a washing technique using alcohol and other ingredients: epoisses, livarot, taleggio cheeses
- Processed cheese
- Cheese made from by-products with added emulsifiers and flavor enhancers: American cheese, processed cheese spreads like Cheese Whiz
Planning an Event for Cheese Month
When you go cheese hunting for a get-together or family event, there are different cheeses that tend to go well with different foods. There are cheeses made from cow, sheep, goat’s milk or a blend of milks. If you haven’t been a cheese aficionado and are just starting to want to try more types of cheese, then here are some tips for a great cheese centric event.
The benefits of having people over at your parent’s house is more than just the company. Your senior mother or father will enjoy the social interactions, keep loneliness at bay, and feel more purpose in his or her life. It’s a great idea to include your parent in the preparations and the choice of cheeses served. If you want more help in organizing this event, you should hire a home care provider that can assist your parent in their daily life. With things such as cooking, housekeeping and personal hygiene care, a professional caregiver is the best option.
If you or an aging loved one needs caregivers in Sacramento, CA area, remember Senior Home Care Services for all services needed. Call us at (916) 514-7006 for more information.