Celebrating Mother's Day With Seniors

Megan Ray  |  May 10, 2013

With Mother's Day rapidly approaching, families across the country are preparing to celebrate the sacrifices moms make for us on a daily basis. While younger children likely won't struggle to come up with ways to honor their mothers - who doesn't love a handwritten note from a 5-year-old? - men and women with elderly mothers can find it difficult to come up with the perfect way to celebrate the occasion. There are actually plenty of fulfilling ways to show the woman who raised you how much she means to you, even without having to leave her home or senior living community.

Enjoy a family meal
Eating together as a family is the perfect way to celebrate any holiday, and Mother's Day is no different! For starters, you can take Mom out for lunch or dinner - just the two of you - so you can catch up in a more intimate setting. However, if you'd like to involve the whole family, heading outdoors and enjoying the spring weather with a picnic is the best option. Bringing the whole family can also be good for your mother's health - a 2012 Gallup poll found that even as little as three hours of social time each day can improve a senior's mood dramatically.

Take a family outing
If your mom is mobile enough to spend the day out and about with the rest of your family, surprising her with a trip to the museum, park or zoo is a great way to add some adventure to your Mother's Day celebration. The key with this choice is to focus on what her interests are. If you know your mother would prefer to have a picnic in the park over something more taxing, don't worry about planning something more extravagant. Sometimes simple gatherings are more enjoyable!

Flowers never go out of style
A beautiful bouquet of flowers can brighten up any day, and this is especially true for Mother's Day. While flowers are always a good pick, deciding on which kind to get can be a tough choice. There's no one-size-fits-all variety, but experts suggest thinking of something particular to your mom that will resonate. For instance, giving her a bouquet of the flowers from her wedding day could be a unique gesture, The Huffington Post notes.