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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO

Experience Mother’s Day together

Published in For the Health of It Author: Brenda Turner

Manager of Resident Support Services
St. Benedict's Senior Community

When you were a child, Mother’s Day meant making a card and gift for your mom. She loved your homemade creations. Now, your mom has dementia and you aren’t sure how to honor her on Mother’s Day.

Disrupting the daily routine with a celebration may cause anxiety and stress for someone with dementia. Keep your Mother’s Day celebration simple and small. It’s about the time you spend together — that is your gift to your mom.

Here are some ideas for ways to create memories with your mom:

  • Serve her favorite food: If she is able, you could make one of her favorite recipes together. Just the smell of freshly baked cookies may bring back happy memories. Or just enjoy a meal together. Did she always make scalloped potatoes with ham on Sundays? Recreate your childhood dishes to celebrate the past.
  • Create a garden: Plant flowers, vegetables or herbs together. You can create a windowsill garden or individual pots. The feel of the soil and the scents of the plants may trigger memories.
  • Do an activity: Tactile experiences are great for people with dementia.
    • Work on a jigsaw puzzle together. Choose a puzzle with larger pieces. You could even have one made with a favorite photo.
    • Draw or paint a picture with your mom. Use brightly colored water paints, markers or pencils.
    • Make a collage with family photos. Share a story about each person in the photo.
  • Play music: Create a playlist of her favorite music. If she liked to dance, give it a whirl. Sing along to the music. Or watch a concert on YouTube.
  • Watch a movie: Choose one of her favorite movies or one you think will bring back memories. If you have home movies, watch those together.

If you want to give her a present, here are a few ideas:

  • Fragrant and colorful flowers. If she has a favorite flower or grew specific flowers, those would be great choices to boost her sensory experience.
  • Photos. Organize and create a scrapbook or photo book. Upload photos on a digital picture frame so she can see all the people who love her.
  • Memory box. In a basket or small box, gather some of her favorite things to encourage reminiscing. Consider including family photos, newspaper clippings, postcards, special keepsakes, vacation souvenirs, a key chain, handkerchief, seashells or potpourri sachet.

Live in the moment with your mom. Those are the memories that you will treasure.