Mother’s Day is a special occasion to celebrate and honor the incredible women in our lives who have given us so much. For seniors, this day can be particularly meaningful, as they reflect on their own experiences as mothers and grandmothers. While traditional Mother’s Day activities may not be feasible for older adults due to mobility or health issues, there are still plenty of ways to make this day special and memorable.
Many facilities, like Providence House, host Mother’s Day events such as brunches, afternoon teas, or dinners where families can come together with their loved ones. Seniors enjoy spending time with their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren on this special day. There are many Mother’s Day activities that are fun and engaging for seniors, regardless of their mobility or health. Here are some easy and fun ideas to get you started:
- Have a tea party: Set up a table with tea, sandwiches, and cakes and have a tea party with the special women in your life.
- Create a memory box: Gather old photographs, letters, and other mementos and put them in a decorated box to create a meaningful and nostalgic keepsake.
- Plant flowers or a tiny garden: Spend the day outdoors planting flowers or a tiny vegetable garden. This activity is not only enjoyable but also provides a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Smaller pots are ideal for your mother or grandmother to keep indoors.
- Make a craft: Create something special and personalized, such as a photo frame or a piece of jewelry, that the senior can keep or give as a gift. Lots of facilities like Providence House keep crafting supplies onsite.
- Watch a movie or play: Spend the day relaxing and enjoying a classic movie or play that your mother or grandmother has always loved. She will cherish sharing this with you.
- Take a nature walk: Enjoy our walking paths at Providence House and spend some time in nature. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and spend quality time together.
Our most well-intentioned plans don’t always work out the way we wanted. If distance, personal obligations, or even sickness are keeping you from being with your mother for Mother’s Day, ditch the guilt and pick up the phone and call your mother. It’s one of the easiest ways to connect and let her know that she’s on your mind. Take this opportunity to reminisce about old times, share stories about what’s been happening in your life lately or simply ask how her day has been going. You might even consider setting up a weekly phone call schedule so that both of you have something to look forward to each week.
Celebrating Mother’s Day with activities for seniors in assisted living is a great way to honor the special women in our lives. It can be as simple as having an outdoor picnic, crafting together, or even just spending time talking about old memories. No matter what activity you choose, just remember that above all else it is about showing your love and appreciation for the amazing mothers in our lives.