Valentine’s Day Activities to Enjoy with Seniors

Celebrating holidays is a great way to mark the passing of time and keep older adults engaged in the world around them. It will be Valentine’s Day soon, so it’s time to start thinking about some ways family caregivers can celebrate the day with their aging relatives. Below are some ideas for activities you can do with the senior in your life.

Caregiver in Delray Beach FL: Valentine's Day Activities

Caregiver in Delray Beach FL: Valentine’s Day Activities

Decorate the House.

Putting up decorations will make Valentine’s Day feel a little more special, and it could brighten the mood of your loved one. If you don’t have any decorations, double the fun by making them! Some easy ideas for decorations you can make are:

  • Paper Hearts: Cut out paper hearts in lots of different shades of pink and red. You can free-hand cut them from pieces of paper folded in half or print some using a computer, so the older adult can follow the line.
  • Heart Suncatchers: Cut two hearts of the same size out of thin cardboard and cut the center out of it, creating a heart-shaped boarder. (Hint: Stack the cardboard and cut both hearts at the same time so they match. Or, use a pattern and trace it on the cardboard.) Tear red, pink, and white tissue paper into small pieces and stick them to a sheet of clear contact paper. Place another piece of contact paper on top of the tissue paper, sealing them together. Sandwich the contact paper between the two cardboard hearts, gluing them to the contact paper. Trim off the excess contact paper. Attach a string to the top of the heart and hang it from the window or anywhere else it will catch some light.
  • Paper Chains: Make a paper chain from pink, red, and white strips of paper. Hang it like garland.

Throw a Valentine’s Day Luncheon.

Now that the house is decorated, throw a Valentine’s Day party. Invite friends and family to come and enjoy Valentine themed foods. You might also want to invite other family caregivers and their senior family members to be your guests, giving both you and the older adult people to talk to.

Make Valentine’s Day Cards.

Spend some time with the senior making Valentine’s Day cards. You can either send the cards to family members and friends, or take them to a long-term care facility to be given to the residents there. It can also be fun to make some treats to be handed out with the cards, such as heart-shaped cookies.

There are all kinds of ways family caregivers and their older adult family members can enjoy Valentine’s Day. If none of these ideas appeal to you, maybe the two of you would enjoy a classic romantic movie or just a lunch out together.

If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Delray Beach, FL, please call the caring staff at Activa Home Health Care at (561) 819-4112.  Serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Wellington, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Coral Springs, Pompano Beach and surrounding communities.