10 Mother’s Day Activities for Seniors
Tens of millions of adults in the United States are responsible for caring for seniors in their lives. While many people are happy to care for their senior family members and friends, some aren’t able to keep up with the demands for perfectly valid reasons, such as having to tend to their own children or maintaining a full-time job.
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One of the things we do to ensure the seniors in our charge are well cared for is make sure they’re as active and engaged as possible. With Mother’s Day on the horizon, we thought it would be a good idea to share some ideas about things you can do to keep your mom active and engaged on her special day.
Remember, there’s no reason to wait for a holiday to do something with your mom. The activities listed below are things you can do with your mother any time.
Catch a Game
If your mom is a sports fan, consider taking her to a live game (when attending live sporting events comes back, of course). Even if you’re on a budget, you can still catch a game at a local school or you can watch a game on television while you enjoy your mom’s company.
People watching is a fun activity regardless of a person’s age. Take your mother to a nearby park, mall or, another place where people tend to gather and exchange fictional backgrounds about the individuals the two of you observe.
Grab a Meal
Mother’s Day is one of the busiest days for restaurants in the U.S. Get in on this long-standing trend and take your mom out for a meal.
Stream a Show
Streaming shows isn’t reserved for the young. Choose a show your mom will enjoy and binge watch with her. If you don’t make it through the entire show, you’ll have good reason to visit your mom again so the two of you can wrap up the series over time.
Watch a Movie
If you can’t spend all day streaming a show on Mother’s Day, consider watching a movie with your mom instead.
Go Window Shopping
Like people watching, window shopping is a fun activity for people of all ages. Take your mom to a mall or a downtown area that has boutique shops and enjoy some window shopping.
Host a Happy Hour
Any activity that has “happy” in its name is bound to be a hit, right? With that in mind, host a happy hour you can enjoy with your mother and some of her closest friends–no alcohol required! If you’d prefer to not host a happy hour, consider hosting an afternoon tea as an alternative.
Listen to Some Tunes
Music is known to evoke memories for a lot of people, including individuals suffering from various types of dementia. Create a playlist that includes some of your mom’s favorite tunes and enjoy the stories she tells as each song plays in the background.
Play a Game
Does your mom have a competitive side? Challenge her to play a game like Monopoly or Yahtzee and see who’ll be declared the reigning champ.
Participate in a Hobby
If your mom has a hobby, consider participating in it with her on Mother’s Day. Whether it’s cooking, crocheting, gardening, or something else, your mother is sure to appreciate your interest in her hobby.
For more ideas about what you can do with your mom on Mother’s Day or to request information about our home care for the elderly, get in touch with Advancare today.
Tips for Long Distance Senior Care
Caring for far away loved ones can be quite the challenge. If you live far away from someone that you care about and they need constant attention, then check out some of these helpful long distance senior care tips. It is always important to understand how your loved one may feel about being cared for from a distance. The most crucial thing you can do is put yourself in their shoes and take into account how they feel about the situation. Your life will be affected, but theirs will be affected even more than yours. Always keep this in mind, even when caring from someone close by. These things are not always easy to deal with and it is important to remember what matters most to you and your loved one: being there for each other and loving one another.
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