Valentine’s Day is not just for the young. Seniors can also enjoy the day by spending time with the people they love. Fairfield, CT, in-home elder care experts suggest trying the following 4 activities on Valentine’s Day to help make your loved one smile.
1. Make a Fruit Bouquet
Seniors who want to make something for a special someone can add a healthy twist to the day by creating a fruit bouquet. Your loved one can cut pieces of fruit into fun shapes, such as hearts, using cookie cutters. He or she can thread the fruit pieces onto skewers, which are held in place with floral foam in a pretty vase. Fruit bouquets also make great table decorations for seniors who are entertaining at home on this special day.
2. Create Handmade Cards
Giving out cards with sweet sentiments is a tradition on Valentine’s Day. Seniors can create beautiful handmade cards to pass out to the people they love. If your loved one is artistic, he or she can draw images on colored paper to represent his or her feelings. Alternatively, your loved one can use stickers or cut out images to make a pretty collage card.
3. Attend a Seniors’ Dance
Many communities hold dances on Valentine’s Day for older adults who would like to go out and mingle. To make it really special, help your loved one arrange transportation to get him or her to the dance venue. Once your loved one is there, he or she can enjoy meeting new people or have a special dance with his or her current sweetheart. Either way, your loved one can have fun laughing and making wonderful memories at the dance.
4. Host a Movie Night
Valentine’s Day can be lonely for seniors who have recently lost a loved one. To ward off loneliness, seniors can invite friends and family to watch romantic movies. Choose an assortment of movies to keep everyone entertained for the evening, and set out some healthy snacks such as nuts, air-popped popcorn, and a veggie tray. Then, settle in for a night of fun watching movies with everyone.
These activities can give your senior loved one the opportunity to relax and enjoy quality time with family and friends on Valentine’s Day. You can help keep your loved one comfortable and happy all year long with help from Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers can help your loved one manage daily tasks in the comfort of his or her home. We provide reliable live-in and respite home care. Fairfield families can contact a Care Manager at 203-955-1915 to learn about our services and to schedule a free consultation.