Mother’s Day Activities for Seniors and Caregivers
Published on May 6, 2022
As Mother’s Day is a time-honoured tradition for celebrating the mothers and mother figures in our lives, plan a special day filled with Mother’s Day activities that you and your loved one can enjoy together.
Flowers, chocolates, and homemade crafts by the grandkids are just some of the common gifts you can get your senior loved one. While anything is appreciated by a mother, time is precious. Ask any mother what they want most for Mother’s Day and chances are it’s time with their family.
Let’s look at some Mother’s Day activities that will put a smile on your mother’s face and joy in her heart this year.
Outdoor Activities With Mom
The great outdoors has much to offer when it comes to Mother’s Day activities. For some, a trip away from their retirement community offers a change of pace. As family or one-on-one time, choose from the following outdoor activities for seniors.
Take a Leisurely Stroll at a Park
Beautiful weather on Mother’s Day can be the perfect environment for a leisurely stroll through a park. Retirement living communities often have lush courtyard gardens designed for a stroll and sit or can be geographically located next to a city park. Bring along a picnic lunch to relive childhood memories.
Check Out Beautiful Flowers at a Botanical Garden
If there is a botanical garden nearby, any gardening lover would enjoy an afternoon of exploring. Check to see if there are flower arranging or gardening classes available that day for both of you to join and share your mom’s passion for flowers. Be sure to take photos!
Take Her to Her Favourite Restaurant
Life gets busy and Mother’s Day is the perfect day to treat your mom to her favourite restaurant! Most retirement communities provide delicious gourmet meals, but nothing can beat a change once in a while when it comes to food. Whether it’s a formal restaurant with required dress-up attire or the local fast-food joint, let mom decide where to eat.
Do Some Real Shopping and Window Shopping
Taking your mom to the local shopping mall or downtown to the quaint boutiques is a wonderful way to spend time together. Seeing new clothing or gadgets provides a fun way to connect, not to mention reminisce how life once was. Splurge on your mom and pick up something she fancies but would never buy for herself!
Go to an Art Gallery or Museum
Museums and art galleys provide a wealth of conversation opportunities, particularly for the art lover. While many retirement communities do offer trips to the local galleries, taking your mom to a galley and spending the day together is a lot more fun!
Take Her to a Game
Once a sports fan, always a sports fan! Consider presenting your mom with tickets to a local game of soccer, hockey, basketball, or baseball, depending on where she lives. You can also surprise her with a hat or jersey of her favourite team on the day of the game. There’s nothing like bonding over your shared love of sports than watching a game together in person.
Organize an Afternoon Tea
If your mom enjoys sipping on tea and having conversations, organize an afternoon tea at a local establishment with family or friends. Check with local organized clubs or groups as many will have afternoon tea events specifically on Mother’s Day.
Indoor Activities with Your Mother
For those seniors who may prefer to stay close to home, their retirement community may have special indoor activities for seniors planned. Family and friends can gather onsite to enjoy time and events based on mom’s liking.
Play Boardgames or Cards
Nothing says quality family time like a card game or playing your mom’s favourite board game. This is ideal for young and old to have fun and make memories. Tackle a game wherein your mom has to teach you the rules. Puzzles have become popular family activities again and are a great way to spend quiet time catching up on each other’s lives.
Arrange a Movie Matinee
Everyone loves going to the movies so why not bring the movie to your mom! Gather the family together for an old-fashion movie matinee. Let your mother choose the movie as popular streaming sites offer new and older movies. Don’t forget the popcorn or your mom’s favourite snacks!
Read a Book You Both Love
Book lovers unite! If your mom has health issues that no longer allows her to enjoy her once favourite pastime of reading, read to her. Or perhaps plan to have a book club meeting that day and provide your mom with the book to read a few weeks in advance.
Play Music She Likes
Music soothes the soul and can be the ideal focus of Mother’s Day. Play your mom’s favourite tunes as you spend time chatting. Regardless of her mobility, encourage your mom to sway or dance to the music.
Cook or Bake Something
Food is another crowd pleaser, especially when it comes to baking with your mom. Gather the ingredients needed for her famous and favourite meal or desserts and cook the dishes together! Baking provides quality time and the best part is that you don’t have to be an award-winning chef!
Prepare Her Favourite Drink
For an added touch to the day, enjoy time together with your mom’s favourite special drink. Use sparkling water or juice to create a fun non-alcoholic cocktail or go all-in with a spiked beverage that will be sure to please your mom. Having a “tea” party with special drinks and snacks provides a lovely setting for conversation and laughs.
Benefits of Retirement Living at V!VA Retirement Communities
At V!VA Retirement Communities, our goal is to ensure every day is like Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day too! All of our retirement communities provide a safe and entertaining environment for your senior loved one.
We care about our seniors and that is reflected in the care provided by our Team Members. Our Members are made of people who understand that care goes beyond providing quality services. They each understand our core values: to create a refreshing, safe, social, and comfortable environment for our Community Members. We also offer a variety of programs that help seniors feel valued, productive, and healthy.
Visit any one of our communities in your neighbourhood to learn more how our community values. We look forward to seeing at one of our locations in Barrhaven, Oakville, Mississauga, Pickering, Thornhill Woods, Whitby Shores, Meadowlands, or Waterside.