Mother’s day is a perfect excuse to get out and enjoy some fun activities with your mom. Depending on what your mom likes to do, and the weather forecast for that day, there are plenty of fun options to get involved in.
While mobility, overall health, and weather may play a role in what you can do, there are activities for outdoors, indoors, and seniors with dementia.
Outdoor Mother’s Day Activities for Seniors
If the weather is nice, and your mom likes to get out and enjoy the sun, an assortment of great possibilities are available to choose from.
Some suggested outside mother’s day activities, include:
- Stroll in the park
- Outdoor hobbies
- Botanical gardens
- Outdoor events
- Farmer’s market
Stroll in the Park
Just getting out for a walk in the park can be a great low impact activity for seniors on mother’s day. Getting out in nature to get some fresh air and sun is good for the body and mind.
You may even decide to bring some snacks along to set up a picnic.
Mother’s day is a perfect opportunity to get involved in your mom’s hobbies or something she enjoys doing.
If your mom is still fairly mobile, a round of lawn bowling might be in order.
Gardening is fantastic hobby for seniors to get into. Out in the garden, seniors can get in some light exercise, mental stimulation, and stress-relieving relaxation. Plus, there are the rewards of the fresh produce being cultivated.
Community gardens are an excellent way to get some additional social interaction for seniors.
If viewing gardens is more your mom’s style, rather than getting actively involved, then a trip to a botanical garden in the area makes for a nice relaxing day.
Outdoor concerts or sporting events can provide some good outdoor entertainment, depending on your mom’s interests.
A baseball game is relaxing way to spend an afternoon and can be fun for the whole family.
Check local concert listings for outdoor live music, you may even find a free show happening in your area.
Almost every town has a local farmer’s market that offers fresh produce and arts and crafts created by local artisans.
Many farmer’s markets also have special events happening on mother’s day.
Indoor Activity Ideas for Seniors on Mother’s Day
If the weather outside does not end up being what you were hoping for, it is always a smart idea to have a contingency plan in the reserves.
There are still all kinds of fun ways to spend mother’s day, even if the weather is terrible.
Some recommendations might be:
- Prepare a meal
- Play some games
- Listen to music
- Go to a museum or art gallery
- Watch a movie or TV series
Prepare a Meal
A practical and fun way to spend time with your mom inside on mother’s day is to prepare a meal together. It’s a good way to spend some quality time, with a nutritious and delectable meal as the result.
If your mom is not really into cooking, you could take her out to her favorite restaurant, or maybe try out a new place in town.
Play some Games
Games and puzzles are good mental stimulation for seniors on mother’s day.
Games invoke engaged social interaction while keeping the brain sharp.
You could try a boardgame, word puzzles, or a round of cards.
Listen to Music
Add some music into the mix while getting dinner ready or while you are playing some games.
Good music is a natural mood booster.
Museum or Art Gallery
Heading to the local museums or art galleries can both be entertaining options on a rainy afternoon.
Movies or TV Series
If you are looking for something more low key, watching a movie or TV series together can be a perfect way to unwind.
Mother’s Day Activities for Seniors with Dementia
For moms with Alzheimer’s or dementia, mother’s day activities might be a bit more limited. But that is not to say you still can’t have some fun.
Some possible mother’s day options for seniors with dementia, might be:
- Cooking or baking
- Arts and crafts
- Spa day
Cooking or Baking
Smells are a great way to trigger old memories. A good activity may be to make an old favorite recipe of your mom’s, together.
Arts and Crafts
Making something or doing something creative is helpful for keeping the brain active. Even just making a card for another family member can be fun.
This is another way to keep the mind stimulated. Simple games are recommended to avoid confusion or frustration.
If your mom is up for it, a spa day is a glorious way to pamper her on her special day.