Written by Active Minds on Wednesday the 15th of March 2017.
Mother’s Day is a time dedicated to celebrating and pampering your lovely mum. But for those of us whose mothers are living with dementia, this day can be particularly difficult and it can be hard to find suitable ways to recognise the occasion. We’ve compiled a list of activities that you and your mum might enjoy on the 26th March:
Enjoying quiet activities, such as puzzles, is the perfect way for the whole family to spend quality time with your mum. You can even create your own personalised puzzle for your mother, as an extra special Mother’s Day gift that can be enjoyed by everyone. Choose any image you want, perhaps a group family photo, or your mum’s wedding day picture, and it can be turned into her very own jigsaw.
Song & Dance
Choose your mum’s favourites songs from when she was growing up. If her mobility allows she may enjoy dancing along to the songs, or she may just take pleasure listening, reminiscing and watching you and your family dancing.
Take your mother to a beautiful park, or set up a still life on the table such as a bouquet of flowers, and spend a quiet hour, painting and reminiscing. The whole family can get involved, including the children. If your mother is in the later stages of dementia then she may have difficulty with using a paint brush, but still want to enjoy the activity and the feelings of pride and independence she gets from completing a painting. Aquapaint is a unique painting activity, where you simply paint water onto the paper and a beautiful image will appear. Once the water dries, the image disappears, ready to be used again.
A gentle walk is a fantastic way to spend quality time with your mother. Take a slow stroll around a local park, taking time to stop and look at the flowers. Frequent stops may be needed, but take this opportunity to encourage conversation about the thing you have seen on the walk.
Reminiscing is a fantastic way to spark memory and encourage conversation. Dig out old photo albums and spend time looking through them with your mum, reminiscing about family and friends. Or use reminiscence activities, such as books or DVDs, that have been created with era specific images to help explore special memories and encourage conversation.