Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. This year, why not share the love with your beloved elderly relative? Below are a few senior-friendly ideas for this coming Valentine’s Day from the Lincoln senior care experts at Home Care Assistance.
Say it with music
Whether it’s the crooners of the 1940s or the rockabillies of the 1950s, find your senior loved one’s favorite tune and put on an impromptu concert and living room dance party. Many senior centers offer Valentine’s Day dances as well, so check your local center to see if there’s one happening near you.
Bake some sweet treats together
Many senior citizens have tried-and-true family recipes to pass down to the next generation. Spend a few hours in the kitchen together and ask your loved one to teach you one of their favorite treasured recipes. If your senior loved one has dietary restrictions, work together on finding healthy substitutes (like egg whites, apple sauce, and honey) then dig in and share the fruits of your labor!
Put down some roots
Gardening is a popular activity among seniors. Instead of purchasing a pre-made bouquet, why not plant your own flowers together? Choose a few decorative pots and your favorite blooms to fill them. Not only will they last much longer than a bouquet, but they will also be a beautiful reminder of your Valentine’s Day together. Even better, gardening has a wealth of benefits for seniors including reduced stress levels and increased mental acuity.
Document your day
Grab a few disposable cameras and take a trip to a park, zoo, museum, or other local attraction, particularly one hosting Valentine’s Day festivities. Snap photos together throughout the day, then turn the pictures into a photo book to give as a gift. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even create a scrapbook or Valentine’s-themed collage of your day together.
Take the time to make Valentine’s cards together, or send handwritten letters to friends and loved ones. Whatever you do, do it together–the time you spend with your senior loved one is the best Valentine’s gift of all.
If you won’t be with your senior loved one on Valentine’s, give their live-in or hourly caregiver in Lincoln a few suggestions for a fun day together. Home Care Assistance caregivers are expertly trained, available 24/7, and can help with a wide variety of tasks from transportation to medication reminders. For more information, call (402) 261-5158 to speak with a friendly Care Manager today.