Valentine’s Day can be a difficult holiday for some seniors, especially if they’ve lost their spouse or a loved one. But, thankfully Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be lonely for those without someone to celebrate with. Consider trying some of these Valentine’s Day activities with your loved one this week.
Coloring Valentine’s Day cards for special friends or family members is a great way to spend time with your loved one. Depending on your senior’s capability, consider using cutout hearts, glitter, and glue to make these cards extra special.
Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to put up new decorations around your senior’s apartment or home. Simple decorations like hearts or red garland will be enough to lift your senior’s spirits while keeping them busy and creative for a few hours.
Who doesn’t love a special Valentine’s Day treat? Making cookies to pass out to friends and family is a fun way to celebrate the special day. Bake your favorite recipe, or consider trying something new. Want to take your baking a little further? Try using a heart shaped cookie cutter to put a little love in your cookies or brownies.
Play a Game!
If your loved one likes playing board games, try adding a few Valentine’s Day elements. For example, if you’re playing bingo, try swapping the plastic chips for Hershey kisses. Or, consider buying a Valentine’s Day themed puzzle. Most grocery or hobby stores will have Valentine’s Day games in stock this time of year.
Watch a Classic
Valentine’s Day is a perfect opportunity to re-watch some of the best classics of all time. Grab your sweets, and head to the couch to indulge in a Valentine’s Day movie. Consider watching Casablanca, Sleepless in Seattle, or When Harry Met Sally to lift get you into the Valentine’s Day sprit! If your senior feels like taking a field trip, consider going out to the movie theater to see a new release. Valentine’s Day is usually a great time to see a new movie.
Flowers are a class Valentine’s Day gift. Treat your senior to a fresh bouquet of flowers. You can make this an activity by going to your local florists and making the bouquet together. Some specialty stores will let you make your own bouquet and provide the perfect container. Make sure you call before stopping in.
Our Carespring facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky are wishing you and your loved one a special Valentine’s Day!