Whether it’s a lovely breakfast, lunch or dinner, a gift or simple phone call to let her know how much she means to you, there’s a variety of ways you can let your mom know how much she means to you on Mother’s Day.
While traditional ideas on how to spend the occasion are always well-received, those same ideas become harder when our loved one is living with dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Though the disease will ultimately change the way holidays are spent, there are still numerous ways to make the day an enjoyable one.
If you’re looking for ways you can spend Mother’s Day with a loved one with Alzheimer’s or dementia, look no further than below for some great ways!
Have a Listening Party
Many studies have shown the positive impacts music can have on those with dementia. Create a playlist with some of your mom’s favourite songs. You can play these for her in hopes of not only having a fun day with music but possibly trigger old positive memories she can share with you.
With winter jackets and boots now stored away, take the time to enjoy the outdoors and do some gardening with your mom.
Create/Look at an Album
Take the time to either create or look through a photo album. Whether or not it helps your mom remember certain times with family and friends, it’s a wonderful opportunity to share stories about the good times based on the photos looked at.
Should there be a nice restaurant your mom likes to dine at and is in a condition to do so, by all means treat her to a pleasant meal. If she is unable to go out, bring the meal to her and enjoy it in the comfort of her own familiar surroundings.
If the weather cooperates, use Mother’s Day to take a lovely walk, enjoying the scenery and plants starting to bloom. It’s also a great way to ensure she gets some exercise.
Before you take your walk remember to ensure she’s wearing the proper clothing for the weather outside.
Does your mom have a favourite book? If so spend the time to read it either with or to her, where she can share her thoughts and how it makes her feel.
Ultimately, no matter how you spend Mother’s Day, the key is to remember it’s about her. Use the day to dedicate it to her and her well-being.
This may also be a great opportunity to speak with her about offering caregiver services and helping her with day-to-day activities in her own home.