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4 Ways to Celebrate Mother’s Day With Seniors
Mother’s Day is just around the corner. A time when we honor the women who shaped our lives, were there for us through difficult times, and celebrated achievements both big and small. If your mother resides in an assisted living community, you may be struggling with ways to get together this holiday or what to do, especially during the pandemic. Fortunately, the Governor has lifted many of the restrictions that were once in place so now residents are no longer on lockdown. Visitors are allowed inside and residents are able to freely leave the community without being quarantined upon their return.
You can celebrate Mother’s Day in a variety of ways. To help you plan something special, North Star Senior Advisors gathered 4 ways to celebrate indoor and outdoor Mother’s Day activities with seniors to enjoy with a group of people or one-on-one!
1. Don’t Worry About the Day of the Month
Remember, you do not have to celebrate on the actual day as you may find it impossible to; this can bring immense feelings of guilt or worry. However, If you are headed into the town a few weeks after Mother’s Day, plan a special day out during that time or if you live nearby, you can still plan a day to go out.
Share a relaxed meal at their favorite restaurant. Fancy or not, pick a place they truly love. Or if you want to eat and enjoy the nice weather in Orlando, FL visit a nearby park to have a picnic. Check out our picnic tips for seniors here. Taking a stroll through an outdoor shopping mall can make a fantastic date with lots of food and drink options as well. Finding a gift for mom is always a bonus too. Plus, it’s fun to people-watch or simply window shop.
2. Bring Her Favorites to Her
If complex medical conditions, or difficulty ambulating, make it hard to go out of the house with your mom or even the assisted living community, bring (or send) her favorites to her instead. You could also cook their favorite meal or get takeout from a place they love and decorate the dining room table with nice plates and silverware. It may be a great time to bring out the fine china coupled with flowers and candles. After dinner, do a puzzle or play board games/cards. This is the time they will cherish the most. Stimulating the brain through these types of games is also great for the mind at any age.
3- Try Something New Together
If you or your loved one enjoys a particular hobby, it would be great to participate in, so you can either try something new or get to enjoy it with someone you love. Art lovers may like visiting a museum and learning about the history of different pieces. Join a class such as gardening, painting, or even a workout class. Also, watching a live sports game, national or local is sure to be a grand time. You both will find the change of scenery refreshing; spending time together is the best gift you can give.
4. Invite Others
If everyone feels comfortable, host a potluck party and have everyone bring one of their favorite dishes or all of your loved one’s favorite dishes. Eating together is great for bonding, especially with friends and family. Play their favorite music to get everyone dancing as this can be great exercise. Add sparkling non-alcoholic or alcoholic cocktails to the mix and you definitely have a party! An outside picnic can be just as fun with the same idea!
If you are visiting your mom in a senior living community, many of the above-mentioned activities are conducted inside. Of course, the last year has brought a lot of concerns but many communities are starting to open up. With new regulations outlines by the state, many individuals can visit their loved ones in the community and celebrate Mother’s Day with seniors or take them out for a planned special day.
Many individuals see assisted living or senior living in Central Florida as an institution, but it is just the opposite. Most large communities offer engaging and exciting events with pools, outdoor bars, spacious gardening areas, and much more.
To learn more about senior living or a community near you, call North Star Senior Advisors at 407-796-1582 or visit our website at northstarsa.com.