Remember when your mom was thrilled to get a hug or a handmade card from you on Mother’s Day? Chances are good that hasn’t changed.
Just as she did when you were a child, all your aging mother really needs is a reminder that she is loved and appreciated. Sure, flowers are pretty and new clothes are always nice, but this Mother’s Day, consider celebrating with the gift of yourself and show Mom what a great job she did.
Cook her favorite meal
Mom has prepared countless meals for you. Now’s the time to return the favor! Taking Mom out on Mother’s Day is a nice celebration, but cooking for her at home is healthier, and often more comfortable for a senior who prefers to stick close to home.
Reminisce by preparing her signature dish, or show her that her kitchen skills rubbed off by cooking up a menu all your own.
A Little Pampering
Invite the special ladies in your life to an at-home manicure. Girls of every age love to have their nails painted, but going to a salon can be expensive and doesn’t lend itself to conversation. As an alternative, set up a makeshift salon and treat Mom or Grandma to some face-to-face, one-on-one pampering.
Plant a lasting memory
Gardening has all sorts of benefits – from boosting our immune systems to relieving depression. Rather than buy Mom flowers this Mother’s Day, why not help her plant some of her own? If stooping to reach the ground is too much for her, help Mom create a container garden. She’s sure to think of you, and your time spent together, as she watches the flowers bloom and grow. Read more about how gardening can improve physical and mental well-being by clicking here.
Sign up for a painting session
Painting classes are all the rage these days. Studios are popping up everywhere, offering artists of every level – especially beginners – a place to relax and let their creative juices flow. This is an activity that everyone, of all ages, can enjoy. And everyone goes home with a hand-painted souvenir of your time spent together. Check out Bottle and Bottega at 1 West Harris in La Grange, (708) 441-4300.
After you’ve treated Mom to a special meal, break out the playing cards or a board game for a little old-fashioned entertainment. Card games, bingo, dominoes and Monopoly aren’t just fun, they’re also good for the brain! Scrabble and Yahtzee are other good choices, especially for multi-generational gatherings.
Turn up the tunes
We all have songs that take us back. Turns out those old songs can even help people with Alzheimer’s and dementia recall their glory days! Whether your mom is suffering from short-term memory loss or has a mind as sharp as a tack, she will enjoy an iPod loaded with her favorite songs. Take some time out of the day to show her how to use her new device, and to listen to it together. You’ll be surprised at the stories those old songs might spur!
Learn more about how music can help your aging loved one by clicking here.