Senior Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion for showing love and affection to family and friends. It’s also a great opportunity to spend quality time with your senior family members and friends.

If you have an aging loved one in your life don’t forget to do something special for them on Valentine’s Day to help them feel comforted and gently remind them of the many others who love them. By honoring and showing love for your loved ones, you can help them overcome issues of loneliness and provide opportunities for some fun social interaction. You may even gain a wealth of knowledge, history, and tradition by spending time with them and learning about their lives.

If you have an aging loved one in your life don’t forget to do something special for them on Valentine’s Day to help them feel comforted and gently remind them of the many others who love them.  A recent AARP Foundation online survey found that 82 percent of U.S. adults would prefer to spend Valentine’s Day with someone rather than by themselves.

By honoring and showing love for your loved ones, you can help them overcome issues of loneliness and provide opportunities for some fun social interaction. You may even gain a wealth of knowledge, history, and tradition by spending time with them and learning about their lives. The National Institute on Aging states, “Several research studies have shown a strong correlation between social interaction and health and well-being among older adults and have suggested that social isolation may have significant adverse effects for older adults.” Bonding with family often leads to healthier habits and can help reduce the risk factors for symptoms of depression.

Below are five sweet suggestions which do not take much time to put together, and show love during a day that can sometimes bring sadness to those that are alone.

#1 Have a Red Party – Make red colored waffles for breakfast, and/or red cupcakes or cookies for dessert. Dress in red and add a hat or bow to fancy things up a bit.

#2 Write them a heartfelt message – Buy or make a handmade card and share with your elder the things they do to make you laugh or feel good; what you admire about them or their life; or simply tell them straight from the heart how much you love them.

#3 Look at old photos together – Ask your loved one if they would like to take a walk through memory lane and tell you about their life and special memories they hold close. Show you care by actively listening to them and asking questions about the people and events that meant so much to them. Ask politely about sweet memories from the past like their first kiss, first crush, first love.

#4 Go Shopping – Take your senior family member to a nice mall or indoor shopping center in your area and have a sweet treat, people watch, and admire the shop displays.

#5 Get Dancing – Create a Valentine’s Day playlist of upbeat love songs. Take a dance class together or just swirl around the house(gently) together holding hands singing uplifting songs. For seniors in wheelchairs, there are even modified dances that focus on arm movements. A report from The American Heart Association says that maintaining or boosting your level of physical activity after age 65 can improve your heart’s electrical well-being and lower your risk of heart attack.

Check out The Inn At Bear Trail monthly activities calendar for heart-healthy activities and Valentine’s Day fun