By Ryan Harvey
Mother's Day is about honouring the women who helped shape our lives. While this day holds significance for many, it can also be an excellent opportunity for residents with dementia to engage in sensory and cognitive stimulation.
Sensory stimulation plays a large role in assisting with quality of life for long-term care residents. As the name suggests, sensory stimulation involves activities which simulate any of the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell, and taste.
Common symptoms of dementia include agitation, restlessness and poor quality of sleep. Sensory stimulation has shown to decrease these symptoms.
Cognitive stimulation is another intervention strategy offering a range of activities to encourage thinking, concentration and memory.
Cognitive stimulation is generally practiced in a small group setting and is an enjoyable activity.
Help make this Mother’s Day special for your residents by incorporating some of the activities below:
Our sense of smell can trigger strong emotions and happy memories from the past. Some aromas easily recreated for sensory stimulation include:
The act of baking, specifically bread or loaves which require kneading, provides an excellent source of sensory stimulation through touch, smell, and of course, taste when the product is complete. While baking may be a simple activity, it does require concentration and with the added component of family recipes it can stimulate memories.
Recipe sharing is also a simple activity which encourages family involvement, cognitive and sensory stimulation.
Mother’s Day brings about many emotions, specifically for those who have lost their mother or child. Honour them this Mother’s Day by creating cards for lost loved ones.
The act of writing a letter to a loved one who has passed can be powerful. It stimulates touch and sight sensors and involves concentration, thinking, and memory.
Gardening has long been regarded as beneficial for physical and mental health of clients for a number of reasons, including:
This Mother’s Day utilise gardening for sensory and cognitive stimulation by planting flowers in honour of loved ones.
Horticulture therapy provides many health benefits for dementia sufferers. It is an easy and enjoyable activity which can be completed individually or in groups.
Ensure there is plenty of cool water and shade available and the tools are safe for residents to use.
Scrapbooking offers a form of reminiscence therapy. Reminiscence therapy assists in stimulating remote memories which don't deteriorate as quickly as short term memories.
Some tips to including this activity:
Everyone enjoys some pampering every now and then. Massage, in particular, offers many health benefits.
Massage can help reduce stress hormones, stimulate the lymphatic system, improve circulation and reduce muscle tension.
While most carers are not qualified massage therapists a simple hand or foot massage can also offer health benefits.
Hand massages provide relaxation and can improve finger and wrist motion and enhance circulation.
Happy Mother’s Day!
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To observe cultural dates. To engage residents in reminiscing
Another way of making lovely tissue flowers for Mother's Day - video included!
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Validation of feelings. Stimulate memory.
Easy paper flowers to decorate your facility on all occasions.
There is nothing like a personalised Mother's Day card made with love! They are easy to make and require materials you can find around the place or your local discount store. There are no rules so let the imagination run wild.
This is a lovely present for a friend, staff or volunteer.
Here a some lovely and simple cards you can make for Mother's Day.
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Turn bottles and glass jars into these cute candle holders, vases or containers for chocolates and other sweets. Ideal gift idea!
It is so easy to make lovely pressed flowers and leaves that you can use to decorate cards, jars and magnets.
Here is a lovely reminiscing activity with photos to enjoy on Mother's Day.
Thank you Debbie for this activity idea!
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Pretty table decorations made from cups, sauces and silk flowers.
Thank you Jean for this wonderful idea!
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This is how we celebrated Mother's Day in the High Care Unit. Not only did our residents have a great time so did our families and staff.
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Here's another nursery rhymes quiz to reminisce with.
Here's another quiz to enjoy on Mother's Day.
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This is a group activity suitable for other celebrations as well, such as Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Valentine’s Day.
The following proverbs are cultural and may span several countries.
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Some interesting trivia to share on Mother's Day
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Number 3 in our word ladders series! A fun and stimulating brain activity for the elderly! This word ladder has a Mother's Day theme.
Mother's Day Poster with Flowers for printing.
A Mother's Day themed bingo game for dementia care!
A Mother's Day themed bingo for seniors!