In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, Home Care Assistance is sharing three activities for you, your mother and family or friends to enjoy together. The way in which your family celebrates Mother’s Day may evolve over time, and the following activities can be modified to accommodate your loved one’s needs and preferences.
Here are 3 fun Mother’s day activities!
1. Have a potluck! Oftentimes, hosting a celebration and preparing food for family and friends can be overwhelming. Instead, coordinate a potluck and assign each attendee to bring an appetizer, entrée or dessert. This will minimize stress for the host, and mom will be happy knowing she can still contribute to the festivities! We recommend recipes like our Kale and Chicken Caesar Wraps or Berry Crumble à la Mode, both of which align with our Balanced Care Method™, a holistic approach to healthy aging.
2. Reminisce. Pulling out an old family photo album or home movies is a great way to take a trip down memory lane with loved ones. Reminiscing has the added benefit of engaging the memory center in the brain which promotes brain health. If mom is experiencing symptoms of cognitive decline, photos and videos can help jog memories which will in turn promote calm and give her a sense of control.
3. Visit a museum. If mom loves the arts, visiting a nearby museum can be a fun outing for the whole family or a great place for some one-on-one mother-daughter or mother-son time. Plan in advance to accommodate any mobility issues. Museums are also excellent places to bring loved ones experiencing cognitive decline. “Memory tours” have become increasingly popular across the U.S. and beyond for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia and are unique in the fact that they engage participants by asking what memories the art conjures.
Make sure to involve your loved one in any plans so that they are comfortable and prepared for a fun day out with family and friends. Also, be sure to take breaks if needed so that mom isn’t worn out from too much walking or socializing.
During your visit, you may notice changes in mom’s abilities or appearance. If she is experiencing increasing mobility issues, weight loss or cognitive decline, it could be time to consider assistance. To speak with a care manager and schedule a free assessment, call Home Care Assistance at 1-866-454-8346 or visit www.HomeCareAssistance.com/Contact.
On behalf of Home Care Assistance, we wish everyone a happy Mother’s Day!