Valentine’s Day isn’t just for couples – everyone can celebrate!
It’s the perfect occasion for showing love and affection to family and friends. It’s also a great opportunity to spend quality time with your older adults or clients. Remember to invite over family and friends of your clients to enjoy and share in the Valentine’s Day festivities and make the day special for everyone. Here are some wonderful ideas from dailycaring.com about some wonderful activities you can do with your loved one during this Valentine’s Day.
Cheerful Valentine’s Day activities for Seniors
- Create a festive environment
Putting up decorations makes any holiday festive and more special. Simple Valentine decoration ideas:
- Hearts everywhere – cut hearts out of colored paper and stick them up around the house.
- Faux stained-glass window – cut hearts out of colored tissue paper and stick them up on a light-filled window. Overlapping them makes beautiful patterns too.
- Fun chain garland – cut pink and red colored paper into equal-sized strips. Make interlocking rings by pasting or stapling the ends together.
Any holiday is a good reason to get together with family and friends. Organize a casual potluck or even just a coffee/tea social. Or simply have the Grand kids over for some fun.
You could even ask people to bring little Valentine’s cards for a festive exchange. They don’t have to be expensive or store-bought
Consider doing some fun activities together such as coloring. This is a wonderful way to relax, be creative, and enjoy time together. Or even playing a game such as bingo. This game is wonderful because you can always play with as few or as many people as you’d like!
Valentine’s Day and treats go hand in hand. Celebrate by making Valentine’s cookies, easy desserts, or savory snacks together. You can even make extras to give to family and friends!
You might want to relax with a funny or romantic movie. Whether the group is just the two of you or a family viewing party, just grab some snacks and settle into a comfy couch.
- An Affair to Remember
- His Girl Friday
- Singin’ in the Rain
- When Harry Met Sally
- Love Actually
- 50 First Dates
If your older adult likes to knit, crochet, or sew, consider making red or pink hats, scarves, or blankets to donate to local shelters or hospitals.
4 thoughtful Valentine’s gift ideas
- A lovely floral arrangement
Flowers brighten up a room and are a lovely way to bring a little bit of nature indoors.
- Sweet treats
Candy is another classic Valentine’s gift. How about a small box of chocolates?
- A houseplant
Another way to add soothing greenery to the room is to gift your older adult a houseplant – either a live, easy-care plant
- Stuffed animal
A cuddly stuffed animal can make a fantastic gift, especially for someone with dementia who would appreciate a comforting buddy.
Remember as caregivers, family or friends of a senior who may be indoors due to health or inability to drive, we can make their day with these simple actions. By inviting over family and friends or taking our or taking our seniors out to visit with them, we can really make a huge difference in their lives.