FORTUNE cookies are having a therapeutic effect on those living with dementia in the North East.
Residents at Pelton Grange Care Home, in Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, have been making the popular takeaway biscuits in celebration of the Chinese New Year.
The home’s cooking enthusiasts took over the kitchen to create the cookies using a traditional recipe – before inserting their own handwritten fortunes.
Using their culinary skills has proven beneficial for those with dementia, according to home manager Chris Hogan-Hind.
He said: "We are always looking for activities to get the residents using familiar skills, especially for those living with dementia, as it has a very positive effect on their mood and wellbeing.