Mother’s Day and Alzheimer’s
Mother’s Day is this month. If your aging mother has a degenerative neurological disorder, like Alzheimer’s, then thinking of how you can celebrate Mother’s Day may be difficult. Fortunately, there are some activities you can do and things you can buy that can make your mother happy.
Tips for Mother’s Day:
- A Tactile Activity: People with Alzheimer’s often enjoy tactile experiences and games, like puzzles or doing simple water color paintings. Another idea is to bring a wrapped gift since unwrapping a gift involves a complex set of sensory experiences. Perhaps the gift can be something that is comfortable to hold, like a blanket, or something that smells nice.
- Music: There is a growing body of research showing the beneficial therapeutic connections between Alzheimer’s and listening to music. Find out what kind of music your mother enjoyed listening to growing up and play that over the stereo. See how she responds to the music. If she is enjoying it, then keep the music going.
- Photographs: Since Alzheimer’s negatively impacts memory, many Alzheimer’s patients cannot retain new experiences, but memories of older experiences tend to stay in tact longer than newer ones. Try to find old photos that can help your loved one reminisce. If you have older baby photos, vacation photos, or anything else that might evoke happy memories, then show them to her.
- Go outside: If your mother is physically capable, try taking her outside for a walk in a peaceful and comfortable area. There is a lot of benefit to being outside in nature. Try finding a local garden or park where you can bring her. If she is unable to walk easily, then find a wheelchair-friendly area.
- Bake or cook: If your mother has a favorite snack or food item, then prepare some and bring it to her. There is no better gift than one’s favorite food!
- Bring a favorite treat: When my grandfather was in an assisted living facility, he cherished the times we would visit him and bring a cup of coffee. Think of something your mother loves, and bring it to her, even if it a non-food item.
We hope that these ideas can also spark some ideas in you. You know your loved one better than most people, so you may think of some other great ideas. ElderCare at Home wants to wish you and your loved one a Happy Mother’s Day. If you have any questions or want to learn more about how ElderCare can help, then please call 888-285-0093 or visit our website.