Share this to:

Support & Insight for the Autumn of Life

Mothers’ Day Recommended Activities

Happy Mother's Day
TEEPA SNOW CARE TIPS FOR MOTHERS’ DAY (USA): Check out these Alzheimer’s care tips for Mothers’ Day, compiled by
Dementia-specialist Teepa Snow

and Senior Helpers.

ED. NOTE: This article was written prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic. It is understood this year it may still be difficult to take loved ones out due to the pandemic. We all hope by next year every activity will be possible.

Mother’s Day is here, and many adults will find themselves trying their best to cope with their parents’ Alzheimer’s or other type of dementia. In the early stages, things are beginning to change and just don’t feel quite right. While some changes that accompany Alzheimer’s are simply normal aging, others can allude to larger problems like physical illness, depression, or cognitive changes. It might be Mother’s Day, but what if mom is not herself? How does one celebrate this important holiday when things don’t feel the way they used to? And more importantly, when is it time to ask for help?

Senior Helpers, a national franchise providing in-home care services to seniors, worked closely with nationally renowned
Dementia-specialist Teepa Snow
to develop tips for caregivers and families to help them navigate the changes that accompany the aging process.  Derived from Senior Helpers’ Senior Gems® program, the tips take a positive approach to Mother’s Day by helping families to focus on what their mothers can do, instead of what they can no longer do.

Early stages of Alzheimer’s — “Mom seems okay”

Mom has difficulty remembering conversations and learning new things. She tells the same stories and often repeats questions. She might find herself getting emotional quickly. However, Mom is not aware that she needs help, and her family may be in denial.

Recommended Mother’s Day activities:

  • Spend time with her doing one of her favorite things: cooking, baking, scrapbooking, or even eating at a favorite restaurant. But be prepared with a reservation or pre-order the meal because Mom is aging and may tire quickly.
  • Pamper her with a spa day or a manicure close to her home.
  • Attend a concert featuring her favorite music or a play she enjoys. Be aware of the noise levels and secure a comfortable seat for her.

Later stages of Alzheimer’s — “Mom gets lost in a moment”

Mom is easily confused and oftentimes difficult to connect with. She’s more quiet and introverted than ever before and has problems with mobility.

Recommended Mother’s Day activities:

  • Do not view the time together as a big celebration—Mom may not understand that it is a holiday. Instead, tone it down, enjoy the moment and time together.
  • Engage in a simple activity that represents something important that the two of you did together when you were younger such as listening to music or singing songs together.
  • Allow her to enjoy her sense of touch by rubbing lotion on her hands, painting her fingernails and brushing her hair.
  • Sit in a quiet space with her and tell stories—be sure to verbally and visually connect. Say, “I love you.”

Following a program like
Teepa Snow’s Senior Gems
will ultimately make mom happier and result in caregivers feeling less stressed. When caregivers understand what activities and conversations mom can handle and be involved in they can make more happy memories together.

“As a caregiver, it’s important to get prepared and educated even before signs of aging appear in a loved one,” said Peter Ross, CEO of Senior Helpers. “Having a support system in place is incredibly important and our local franchises are powerful resources in their communities for families who need help navigating these tough situations.”

To find a local Senior Helpers franchise near you, please visit

About Senior Helpers:
Senior Helpers connects professional caregivers with seniors who wish to live at home as opposed to a nursing or assisted living facility. The company has nearly 300 franchises in 40 states and one in Canada offering a wide range of personal and companion care services to assist seniors living independently with a strong focus on quality of life for the client and peace of mind for their families. Senior Helpers strives to be the leading companion and personal care provider that offers dependable, consistent and affordable home care. For more information, please visit:

Senior Helpers

Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
B. Berger

B. Berger

Visit Our Pages On:


This site was inspired by my Mom’s autoimmune dementia.

It is a place where we separate out the wheat from the chaffe, the important articles & videos from each week’s river of news. With a new post on Alzheimer’s or dementia appearing on the internet every 7 minutes, the site’s focus on the best information has been a help to many over the past 15 years. Thanks to our many subscribers for your supportive feedback.

The site is dedicated to all those preserving the dignity of the community of people living with dementia.

Peter Berger, Editor


Selective Focus Photography of Man Preparing Food Beside Smiling Women and Kids
10 Precautions for Celebrating Thanksgiving with Dementia
HOLIDAY TIPS: Getting together for a holiday meal can cause a person with Alzheimer's confusion and anxiety. Get 10 t...
Give Thanks - yellow flowers decor
4 Meaningful Thanksgiving Tips
HOLIDAYS & DEMENTIA: Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness. People with Alzheimer's need a special touch. See fo...
When love becomes an instinct
The Heart Still Remembers
Melvyn Amrine may not have remembered the details of his life since his Alzheimer's diagnosis, but he sure proved tha...
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
News, Treatments, Care Tips

Subscribe To The Weekly Newsletter

videos & articles on Research & Prevention
News to Get at the Truth

Subscribe To Our Weekly Newsletter