Valentine’s Day is a holiday celebrating feelings of love and romance. It brings couples back to that first feeling of falling in love. It’s a nostalgic holiday meant to be shared with your one and only. Unfortunately for seniors, it can be a lonely holiday. If an elderly loved one has lost their spouse, those memories are bittersweet. That’s why this Valentine’s Day, it’s important to make those seniors who have lost loved ones feel extra special. Here are a few activities you can do to celebrate this holiday with an elderly loved one.
Mentioned earlier in this article is the idea of bringing back bittersweet memories toward an elderly loved one’s husband or wife. It’s painful to know that one you pledged your love to is gone, but as the old saying goes, “Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” Scrapbooking is a good way to honor that message.
Go through all the old photos of the two lovers together. Bring back those bittersweet memories, not to invoke a feeling of sadness, but to pay homage to someone who shared the same love as you have for your senior loved one. Soon enough, those feelings of sadness will become joy as your senior’s spirits are lifted as the two of you take a stroll down memory lane. Keep those memories in a tangible place such as a scrapbook in order for your senior to go back through it whenever he or she wants to.
Involve the Kids
Nothing shows your love and appreciation better than by making a handmade gift for someone. That’s why, this Valentine’s Day, involve the kids in helping make Valentine’s Day special for that senior loved one. They’ll love going through each card and noticing the different creative direction and personality in each card. Don’t forget to join in on the fun!
Bring out all the colored construction paper, markers, and stickers so you can really decorate those cards. Also, don’t forget to have each child write their own little heart-felt message on the inside of the card. It’ll add a nice personal touch to each card and have your senior loved one truly thankful for all the great notes.
Be a Companion
In all reality, the best gift to give to a senior loved one this Valentine’s Day is your time. Don’t forget about them, especially if they have lost a loved one. Just by spending some time with them you will turn a potential day of grieving into a wonderful day. Don’t feel bad if you weren’t able to plan some elaborate holiday extravaganza. Don’t feel bad even if you didn’t have the time to pick up a card. Your time and yourself is the best gift to give, because it shows how much you care. After all, showing someone how much you care for them is showing them how much you love them and Valentine’s Day is a holiday meant to showcase your love.
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