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
There’s no better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than watching their favorite romantic comedy. Make it special with your senior’s favorite treats and snacks. Turn on your favorite streaming service and get the movie started!
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.
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.