Every year we dedicate one day to celebrating moms and showering them with love.
Though they surely deserve more than just one day, Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to remind the mothers, grandmothers, aunts and any other mother-figures in your life of just how much you love them.
The question is this: How will you possibly choose a gift that carries that much emotion?
If you’re in need of a Mother’s Day gift idea for seniors in your life, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for seven suggestions for heartfelt Mother’s Day gifts for the elderly.
1. Gifts To Support Her Hobbies
Is your grandma famous for her one-of-a-kind baked goods? Does your mom love crafts? Or maybe she prefers puzzles?
Whatever your loved one’s favorite hobby may be, consider a gift that would enhance that experience for her. That gift could include a puzzle display frame, an upgraded knitting kit or even a brand new recipe book.
Choosing a gift based on an activity that you know your mom enjoys means she’ll appreciate that you recognize what interests her.
Tip: Some hobbies like puzzles, chess and other brain games help to keep seniors’ minds sharp — so it’s a gift that’s good for her health, too!
2. Thoughtful Photo Gifts
If there’s one thing we know about mothers and grandmothers, it’s that they love to show off their favorite kiddos.
Grab a digital photo frame that you can keep up-to-date with the latest family photos of kids, grandkids or “grand-pets.” The slideshow of pictures is sure to bring a smile to your loved one’s face as she’s reminded of all those she loves.
Tip: If your hunt for family photos comes up short, schedule a session to take pictures of your family with a local photographer. Not only is that a great Mother’s Day gift, but it’s also an opportunity for the whole family to get together.
3. Seasonal Gifts
This time of year, everyone looks forward to the weather getting warmer so they can enjoy the joys of nature.
Work to bring the spring season inside with indoor gardening tools for your mother’s house or senior living apartment. Gardening also offers many benefits for seniors that you may not expect.
If your loved one isn’t known for her green thumb, a bird feeder that can be placed outside her window is another great way to feel closer to nature.
Tip: If you want to add an experience to your gift, grab tickets to a local garden exhibit or pack a picnic to eat in the sunshine at a park.
4. The Gift Of Time Together
What’s the most precious gift of all? Quality time spent together as a family, of course.
When you’re choosing the perfect Mother’s Day gift, don’t forget to also set aside time to spend with your mother or grandmother this year. This time is a great opportunity to catch up with your loved one and see how she’s doing.
Tip: Senior living communities often plan Mother’s Day activities, like the “Mother’s Day Sock Hop” at Independence Village of Aurora. Residents and their families are invited to eat, dance to the hottest 40s and 50s music, and celebrate the mothers and grandmothers of the community. Consider getting to know your loved one’s closest friends and attend an event like this one at her senior living community for Mother’s Day.
5. Gifts To Make Life More Accessible
Is there something you could get your loved one that would make her life easier?
Whether that’s an electronic can opener, cup holder for her wheelchair or some comfortable, non-slip slippers, getting your mom a gift that helps her more comfortably navigate her day is always a good idea.
Tip: If your mom or grandmother lives in a senior living community, consider asking the care staff at her community if they have any recommendations for gifts that would help make her life more accessible.
6. Gifts To Get Up And Moving
Maintaining an active lifestyle is one of the best ways to promote overall health for seniors. Activity trackers like a Fitbit or an Apple Watch are a great way to encourage healthy habits for seniors who are working to stay active.
These watches track your progress as you go and sometimes keep a record of your steps, heart rate and more.
Tip: Not everyone knows that many activity trackers allow you to share your fitness journey with friends and family. That means you and your loved one can connect and work towards your fitness goals together.
7. Gifts for Foodies
This Mother’s Day, plan a big dinner for your whole family to catch up on their lives and celebrate your mom or grandmother together.
Whether you choose to cook a healthy dinner for yourself or make a reservation at her favorite restaurant (as long as she doesn’t have to cook!), your mom is sure to have a great Mother’s Day.
Tip: What family recipe is your loved one’s favorite? Find a new way to display her recipes as a Mother’s Day gift so that your family can cherish them forever.
Celebrating Mothers At Independence Village
At Independence Village communities, we are always looking for an excuse to celebrate the mothers and grandmothers of our community and all they do for their families.
And that doesn’t just include our residents! The community at Independence Village of Aurora recently celebrated their Life Enrichment Lead, Meredith, with a baby shower.
The chef-prepared menu was specifically selected with Meredith’s cravings in mind, and the day was spent showering her (and baby Ellie!) with love and advice for the first-time mom.
Having a community of women who have shared similar life experiences and are always there to support you is just one of the beautiful aspects of life in our community. To learn more about how we celebrate mothers and what makes life at Independence Village so special, call 1-844-403-6569 to learn more. Or find a community near you and schedule a tour.