With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, love is in the air. It’s more than just a day for sweethearts to send each other flowers and chocolates. It’s a great time to think about all the special people in your life and how much they mean to you. This year, think beyond romantic love and show the seniors in your life how much you care.
6 Ways to Celebrate Love this Month
Valentine’s Day might not be a big holiday for everyone, but many seniors can tend to feel lonely around this time of year. It’s important to find ways to connect with them and show them they are appreciated. If you’re looking for ways to show the seniors in your life how much you love them, here are a few ideas.
Make a date
A Valentine’s Day date isn’t just for couples! If you live close to your loved one, an in-person visit is always a great idea. Plan a special date for just the two of you or include the whole family. A few fun ideas: go out to a movie, go to dinner or lunch at a favourite restaurant, or plan to prepare a meal together at home. When you spend time together in person, it’s one of the best ways you can show your love and appreciation for each other and will always be appreciated.
Go traditional – send a card
Do you remember being in school on Valentine’s Day? It was always a treat to see who would send you a card with a sweet note on it. Keep the tradition going with your loved ones! If you live far away, send a card in the mail. It will be a lovely surprise when they open it up to see a loving message from you. If you live close by, drop it off in person and spend a little time together.
If you’ve got kids, this is a great way to get them involved in the celebrations. Plan a visit around some cute Valentine’s themed crafts. You could make cards together to hand out to friends and family, or make decorations to put up around the house. Spending time in the kitchen is always a fun option too! You can all work together to whip up some sweet treats to enjoy together when you’re done.
Send a special gift
Of course, Valentine’s Day isn’t just about the gifts, but sending a little something to your loved one is always a nice surprise. You could have a bouquet of their favourite flowers delivered to them, give them a box of a sweet treat they like, or pick out a little trinket that reminds you both of a special moment you shared together. Whether you have it delivered or drop it off in person, it’s a small gesture that will make them feel incredibly special.
If you live further away from your loved one and can’t get there for an in-person visit, there are still some great ways for you to spend time together. Schedule a time for a phone date or video chat on Valentine’s Day. Make sure you both have time set aside so you really have a chance to catch up. Maintaining these personal connections is important for seniors and they’ll appreciate it when you make time for them, even if you can’t be there in person.
As families grow and change, it’s important to encourage older family members to share family stories and pass down memories. Whether you visit in person or chat on the phone, ask them questions about the important people in their lives. You’ll probably hear some wonderful stories about your parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents that you had never heard before. (Yes, that includes love stories!)