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My mother is very weak and is only able to go out occasionally now--which she hates. She's feeling very trapped so I'd like to come up with a "bag of tricks" to help her keep occupied. She loves to read and does fine finding her own things that way. She's been watching a whole lot of TV these days. Probably the best thing I do is to bring her grandchildren over. She doesn't have to do much and has a great time with them.

Does anyone have any other thoughts? How about any great comedy videos you know of?

Thanks for any thoughts you might have.


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For my dad, I bought him a CD player and collections of his type of music. Lots of magazines from Barnes & Noble (you know the kind that you just can't find anywhere else), crossword books and seek and find...I also would plan "innings" instead of outtings. Pic-nics on the living room floor..."pop-corn" night with videos (for him, westerns, biographys and history shows), my nieces and nephews would sing and dance and put on shows when they visited...my son always sat with him and told him stories.... Sometimes, just sitting with him and telling him about my day, as mundane as that seems, added a bit more to his day.

There were always "munchies" on the coffee table and a cordless phone and his phone book in case he wanted to make calls...then the talk-about walkie talkies for when he needed something and we weren't near (mom likes to garden alot, so wasn't inside some parts of the day).

On good days, just sitting outside, "larking" around walmart or the mall. Going to the park or zoo or visiting friends.

I always found an excuse for a party and don't forget that "inbound" folks really look forward to mail..so even though I saw daddy everyday I would mail him cards every couple of days to lift his spirits and let him know that I thought he was the strongest and bravest person I knew. Even printing off postings from here and letting him read the posts and look at the pictures.

I even bought a huge stack of greeting cards and I still have half of them left. One was for his birthday this year that I'll never get to mail. :cry:

OK,,, getting sad now... I hope these suggestions helped you. Whatever you do, your mom knows it's with LOVE, and I'll bet she is so glad to have a great daughter like you in her corner.

CELEBRATE each and every day.

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My mother in law is bedbound and one of the things we do for "entertainment" is that i read her the newspaper every day. We usually pick a story to follow such as the local trial going on in the news, or the weather (we live on the East Coast and have been following Hurricane Isabel) and i read her what the newspaper has that day on a couple of things that we are following. Then when the news is on, she feels like she is "up to date" on the latest happenings if we have read the story in the paper. She sleeps a lot during the day and has have trouble sleeping the whole night so we try to keep her entertained during the day so that she can sleep longer at night (and we can too). It's hard to keep someone "active" all day if they are in bed and can't get up in the wheelchair and move around. It exhauts her too much and i can't lift her into the wheelchair from the bed by myself.

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We have such smart people on this board!! They have come up with great ideas.

One thing my mom and I did when she got to the point we could not leave the house was go thru old-I mean really old pictures. She had a couple of boxes of old black and white pics she had gotten from her mom's and her grandmas before they had died. We sorted them and she could recall when some were taken and where it was. Also the names of most of these people. I wrote it on the back. We then made up some family albums which she loved looking thru. Later after she died I took these albums to the funeral home and the extended family just loved them. They have made a priceless memento for all us.

I now am working on MY own old photos.

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My mom and I did the photo thing to but I didn't put the names of some of her aunts, uncles, cousins on them so now when I look i wonder who they are....dumb me..

I also had my mom tell me stories of her childhood and teen years. How she and dad meet, etc. I use to love to listen to them....also when my bother, sister and I were little.

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