Make Mother's Day Special for Seniors

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Bayview Manor Retirement Community offers ideas for making Mother's Day a special and meaningful occasion for multi-generational families.

Is there any holiday more universally accepted across vastly different cultures than Mother's Day? Over 40 nations worldwide have designated a day, usually in Spring, to thank mom for all the love, hard work and patience required of motherhood. While mothers get most of the press, grandmothers and great-grandmothers share equally in the celebration, creating a unique opportunity for multi-generational families.

Seattle retirement community, Bayview Manor, would like to take this opportunity to offer a few simple suggestions for making Mother's Day a special occasion for seniors.

Say it With Flowers

Yes, flowers for Mother's Day is a little cliche, but nothing serves as a better emblem of gratitude than a fragrant bouquet. While a retirement community, like Bayview Manor, can be a great place to live with many amenities and conveniences, there is always space for livening up a dwelling with a bright, Spring flower arrangement. For longer lasting appreciation consider either a small potted plant or even a tiny herb garden.

Family Photos

Collecting and reorganizing family photos can be a great way to show grandma how much she means to the entire family. Grouping family pictures chronologically in a handmade, customized photo album can really pull several generations together. There are a number of different ways to decorate albums or picture frames and are available from many craft outlets. One simple method involves a printer using heat transfer paper, which can be ironed on to a properly covered album.

Hope for Sun

Planning a walk in a flower filled park is an ideal excursion for a multigenerational Mother's Day celebration. Be sure the terrain allows for both seniors and children to enjoy the setting, steering clear of hills and stairs. Of course, planning for a sunny May day in the Pacific Northwest is no sure bet, so make sure you have a backup plan.

Letter of Appreciation

The speed at which technology moves can isolate and alienate some seniors. A heartfelt, hand written letter can really mean a lot when it comes to expressing gratitude to mom. Just the simple act of reaching out to show respect for a time honored and familiar method of communication can mean much more than the content of the letter. Feel free to get gushy and use plenty of personal details and memories.

Family Dinner

One of the best ways for a large, multigenerational family to celebrate Mother's Day is by having a nice dinner together. While certain restaurants can be a special treat, dinner at home has the potential to be much more rewarding. Instead of treating mom and grandma as hallowed guests of honor, try reducing the stress by incorporating preparation into the plans. This is not to suggest that they do all the work, but include their wisdom and know how into sharing and preparing family recipes. This is particularly effective for those mothers who were most at home in their domestic spheres.

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