How to Celebrate Valentine’s Day in the Golden Years

By Patricia Schumacher, 9:00 am on

Valentine’s Day is a special holiday many people enjoy celebrating in their golden years. They can reminisce about past celebrations while creating new memories with their loved ones. Here are some amazing activities seniors can do on Valentine’s Day. 

Volunteer

Volunteering is an activity seniors can do alone, with their spouse, or with family and friends. Your elderly loved one can spread love by donating time to a charity. For instance, he or she can give back by spending the day helping people with Alzheimer’s, caring for puppies at a local animal shelter, or feeding the homeless and making their Valentine’s Day special. Brightening someone’s day could boost your loved one’s self-esteem and confidence, making him or her feel more accomplished and purposeful. 

Engaging in holiday-themed activities provides your loved one with an opportunity to boost his or her overall wellbeing. If your elderly loved one needs help maintaining a high quality of life while aging in place, reach out to Home Care Assistance, a trusted provider of Rhode Island senior care. Services our caregivers provide include transportation to and from medical appointments and social events, nutritious meal preparation, assistance with daily exercise, and help with everyday tasks like bathing, grooming, and light housekeeping.

Create a List of Love 

Seniors can do this activity with their significant other, their children, grandchildren, and other family members and close friends. The objective is to write at least ten things your loved one adores about the person he or she is creating the list for. Writing is a great way to enhance cognitive abilities. Your loved one will need to use his or her short-term and long-term memory when writing about the moments of love. Sharing the list with others could make your loved one feel included, loved, and happy, which is great for mental and emotional health. 

Plan a Valentine’s Day Staycation 

Senior couples who want to get away for Valentine’s Day but have health or financial issues that prevent them from going too far can stay at a nearby hotel that offers massages, romantic dinners, and other great features. Many hotels offer discounted Valentine’s Day specials for couples. A staycation gives seniors the ability to take a break from their homes and normal routine without all the packing, traveling, and high costs. Your family could pay for the staycation as a Valentine’s Day gift for your parents. 

To make this Valentine’s Day special, consider taking a break from your other caregiving duties to plan a staycation for your loved one. If you are the primary caregiver for a senior family member and want additional assistance from a professional caregiver, Rhode Island Home Care Assistance is here to help. Our caregivers are available for a few hours a day to help seniors with daily tasks, and we also offer 24-hour live-in care for those who need more extensive assistance.

Make Flower Bouquets 

Bouquets can be made with fresh flowers, or your loved one can get crafty and create artificial flower bouquets made from paper. After the flower bouquets are complete, your loved one can pass them out to family and friends as a way to say thank you for the care they have been providing. If your loved one prefers to give out cards, he or she can make flower cards that include a lollipop and the handmade flowers. Crafting can keep your loved one’s brain active and allow him or her to use critical thinking skills while enhancing vision and dexterity.

Whether you’re planning Valentine’s Day-themed activities or assisting with daily tasks, managing your loved one’s day-to-day care can be overwhelming. If you are the primary caregiver for a senior loved one in Rhode Island, respite care is available when you need time away from your important caregiving duties. At Home Care Assistance, our respite caregivers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help your loved one manage everyday tasks in the comfort of home while you have the chance to take a much-needed break. To learn more and to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Care Managers, call (401) 284-0979 today.

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