Dementia & Harmful Flowers – A List to Take to Your Florist

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As Mother’s Day approaches, we wanted to talk about some best practices on harmful flowers. Flowers are one of the main ways people express love and appreciation, especially on Mother’s Day. Sending flowers to our residents is certainly welcomed, but there are a few things you should know before sending them.

There can be toxic flowers that are found in arrangements; we are here to let you know which ones you should look out for. This is important because residents experiencing symptoms of dementia can mistake the beautiful colors and aromas for something edible. To be on the safe side, see below which are harmful flowers as well as those that are harmless.

Potentially harmful flowers to those with dementia or Alzheimer’s include:

  • Amaryllis
  • Boxwood
  • Calla lilies
  • Crocus
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil
  • Dumb cane (dieffenbachia)
  • Eucalyptus
  • Foxglove
  • Holly
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Irises
  • Juniper
  • Lantana
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning glory
  • Oleander
  • Pothos ivy
  • Rhododendron
  • Sago palm
  • Schefflera
  • Tulips with bulb

But don’t worry, there are plenty of varieties of flowers that are both beautiful and safe.

Some lovely non-harmful flowers include:

  • Aster
  • Borage
  • Carnations
  • Cornflower
  • Dahlias
  • Daylilies
  • Gardenias
  • Hibiscus
  • Hollyhock
  • Hosta
  • Lavender
  • Nasturtium
  • Pansies
  • Roses
  • Sunflower
  • Violets
  • Zinna

If you plan on sending flowers, please inform the flower shop that you are sending the arrangement to a memory care community. Ask which flower varieties will be used and advise against any that can be toxic.

Best wishes for a happy and healthy Mother’s Day!


Want to learn more about Memory Care at Northbridge Communities?

It’s our goal to create a special place where residents can thrive, and families can have peace of mind. 

If you’re considering senior living for yourself or a family member, we hope you’ll visit one of our communities. You’ll find a maintenance-free, activity-filled and engaging lifestyle to help support your wellness goals.

You’ll also discover many benefits in a Northbridge Senior Living community, including our Signature Program S.T.A.R. Club (Sharp Thinking, Active Residents) – which offers our residents several activities to participate in with others, including:

  • Daily exercise group
  • Walking club
  • Tai Chi & yoga
  • Nutritional classes
  • Library and book club
  • Museum outings
  • Artists in residence program
  • Multi-generational music
  • Genealogy Generations

We’re here to answer any of your questions and invite you to download our complimentary guide Just the Facts: Memory Care. Please contact us if we can provide further information or if you would like to schedule a personalized tour.

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