Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Make Valentine’s Day Special For Your Senior

Regardless of your elderly loved one’s mobility level or living situation, you can make this Valentine’s Day a special and memorable one for them. Depending on the amount of time you have available to spend, there are a number of different ways to enjoy this day with you senior. Some popular ideas include:

Spend some time remembering fond moments with loved ones

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about the love you share with your spouse. This Valentine’s Day, take some time to chat with your elderly loved one about some moments in their life when they truly felt love for others. Whether it was the birth of their grandchild, the day they got married, or a fun memory with their best friend, these happy thoughts make the day positive and uplifting.

Watch your favorite romantic movies

Celebrate love by watching some of your favorite romantic movies. You can choose from more contemporary fare like “The Notebook” and then let your loved one pick a film that they enjoyed while growing up. 

Bake cookies

Tasty treats are the perfect way to commemorate the holiday. Purchase or make sugar cookies and then decorate them with red and pink icing and sprinkles. Share them with family members or friends in order to spread the festive feeling.

Make valentines

Share the joy of the holiday with others by making some valentines expressing love and gratitude for the people in your life. These cards are perfect for family members, friends, neighbors, and elder care service providers. Use construction paper, glitter, glue, and markers to make the crafts; no need to spend a significant amount of money on the project. 

Have a small get-together

If your loved one is up for it, home care professionals suggest hosting a small get-together for close friends and family on Valentine’s Day. Have red punch, cookies, and other small snacks, and play festive music. The time together will put everyone in a great mood and make the holiday feel festive. Togetherness around a holiday is important for senior health. 

According to professionals who work in home care, Chapel Hill families have a number of options available to them when it comes to making Valentine’s Day memorable. 


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