Valentine’s Day Activities for Your Aging Loved One
Valentines Day is a celebration of love and affection and should not be reserved for couples alone. That is right, senior citizens can participate in the day’s festivities as well even if their partner is not around. With a touch of creativity and the company of loved ones, you can help seniors celebrate and experience a truly magical Valentines’ Day this year.
Wondering what activities would help lighten up the 14th of February? Look no further; here is a compilation of our top picks this year.
Put Up Valentine’s Day Decorations
Having your elderly loved one help with putting up Valentines’ Day decorations adds a festive feel to an already special day. DIY decorative pieces are a fun activity worth trying out. Put your elderly loved one’s creative skills on display this year with a variety of ideas you can explore on sites such as Etsy and Pinterest. Turn some art supplies into Valentine’s Day masterpieces.
Giving and receiving gifts, whether in the traditional form of flowers and chocolates or otherwise, has been and still is a time-revered practice. Let your aging loved one be involved with the gift selection process if they plan to purchase for someone special.
Remember that the most valuable Valentine’s Day gift anyone can offer is the gift of their presence. Combined with a lovely handcrafted gift, you are sure to make your aging loved one’s Valentine’s Day even more special.
Watch a Romantic Movie
Nothing adds character and depth to a Valentines’ Day celebration like a good old romantic movie. And with endless streaming choices, seniors can indulge in a bit of self-prescribed cinema therapy, which is proven to help with mood and temperament.
Some old classics remain Valentine’s top picks and while there is nothing wrong with a few tears of joy now and then, we recommend you stick to titles with happy endings.
Encourage Virtual Social Interactions
Senior citizens may sometimes get caught up with reminders of days past and loved ones they may have lost in the past. Encourage your loved ones to form new healthy connections. There is no better place to start than at a Valentine’s Day celebration.
The 14th of February is also a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends and family,` your loved one may not have seen or heard from in a while. Arrange video calls and be sure to consider all COVID-19 safety precautions. There a number of online game and activity services that are designed to integrate with video services such as Skype and Zoom.
When thinking of the perfect Valentine’s Day activity for your loved one, enlisting the help of a certified caregiver can add a new level of assistance. From helping to plan and prepare a healthy dinner to coordinate recreational activities to keep the mind stimulated, you can match your aging loved one with an aid based on their specific needs.