Thanks! I too, have completely forgotten about it. My mother is 82 and definitely showing signs of dementia. I have been helping, through organization and encouragement, my father tackle being her main caretaker as well as tasks he had never done before. I have been very focused with this challenge as well as my other obligations, and completely forgot about Mother's Day!
My mother-in-law has Alzheimer's, and DH and did not know what to get her for her birthday gift earlier this year. In the end, we created a family gift of a DVD player and 1940's type movies. I do not think it has been installed. :-( My husband will visit his mother and probably bring sweets or flowers for Mother's Day.
My mother is only interested in watching television (they already have plenty of movies and a DVD player) and feeling comfortable. She only reads the newspaper. She likes my coconut macaroons, so I guess I will make them for her. Unfortunately, even that choice may not be a good one. My daughter made biscotti as a Christmas present for her, and they are still on the counter uneaten.
Some choices you might want to think about is taking her out to lunch in a fancy restaurant, having her hair styled, bringing her for a manicure or pedicure, or bringing her out to a museum.
I read an article recently concerning the therapeutic benefits of art museums and Alzheimer's patients. One program took the anxious patients to each picture and discussed it with them. The patients seemed to be somewhat open in discussing the paintings. One "session," or visit, could reduce anxiety for approximately three weeks. I thought this was great news for my in-laws. I printed the article and the addresses of all the art museums in their area. My FIL refused to take her.
I have also read where knitting and crocheting can hold off dementia, so I will sit with my mother a couple of times per week in the sunshine (weather permitting) and we chat while I knit and she crochets. My mother becomes more calm and more like her old self during these times. I do not know if it will have any long term effect in the future.
Maybe I will change my mind, and take her out to a restaurant.