Maintaining the ability to prepare meals independently while suffering from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is of paramount importance to both sufferers and their caregivers. Beyond it being necessary to feed oneself, meal preparation supports self-esteem and maintenance of social roles. However, numerous difficulties relating to task completion and inherent safety concerns, such as burns and fire hazards, make this a high-risk activity for individuals with cognitive deficits.
The CRIUGM research team has recently developed a culinary assistant called COOK. This project, which received funding through the CIHR/NSERC program (2013–2017), consisted in the development of a first version of COOK and in its implementation for three individuals with severe traumatic brain injuries. Since the project’s implementation, these three persons started cooking again, and are currently preparing their own meals several times a week. New features should thus be developed in the COOK assistant to optimize it for this clientele.