With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s not an uncommon time for seniors to feel a little lonely, especially if they’ve recently lost a loved one or spouse. However, Valentine’s Day can be a great opportunity to celebrate all special relationships. Whether it’s celebrating with a treat or making crafts, here are some wonderful Valentine’s Day activities for seniors.
Decorate Their Space
Even if they don’t get excited about Valentine’s Day, it’s still a great excuse to decorate their space. Visit a local shop to choose some Valentine’s Day-related decorations. Heart-shaped banners, streamers in red and pink, or anything with lace will make your senior’s apartment or house feel festive. This can be a great social activity to do together with friends and family.
When you think of Valentine’s Day, candy and sweets might have come to mind. Baking with your loved one can be a great way to spend the afternoon together. Whether you like cookies or cake, you can find a recipe to inspire you here. You might consider doing all of your shopping beforehand so your senior has enough energy to help bake. Also consider what might be difficult for your loved one and provide alternatives. For example, if your senior suffers from arthritis, make sure all tops to spices and other ingredients are loosened or pre-measured before baking.
Spread the love by making Valentine’s Day cards for friends and family. Make the cards even more special by writing something you love about your friend or family member on their cards. You might consider adding a special heart-shaped treat or your favorite picture together to accompany the card.
Have a Movie Night
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.
Play Your Favorite Games
If you’re celebrating the day with a large group, plan on bringing a favorite board games to keep everyone entertained. Whether it’s playing a card game or working on a Valentine’s Day puzzle, games are a great way for seniors to stay mentally stimulated, while socializing with loved ones.
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. Most grocery or hobby stores will have a Valentine’s Day-take on simple games in stock this time of year.
Flowers are a classic 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 know how hard Valentine’s Day can be for some older adults. That’s why we provide a variety of ways to celebrate the day together. If you’d like to learn about our offerings or tour our facility, please do not hesitate to contact us.