Valentine’s Day is known as a holiday for lovers. However, if seniors do not have a special someone, they can still celebrate other kinds of love on this day, such as the love for friends and family. Lehigh Valley elder home care experts suggest some festive activities your senior loved one can do this Valentine’s Day.
1. Valentine’s Crafts
There are many fun crafts your loved one can make without needing to spend a lot of money on supplies. Making Valentine’s crafts is a great way for your loved one to enhance his or her concentration, cognitive abilities, and hand-eye coordination. It can also prevent depression.
Here are some fun Valentine’s crafts your loved one can make alone or with others:
- Hearts on a stick
- Candy holder
- Candle centerpiece
- Bird planter feather craft
- Candy ornament ball
- Heart picture frame
2. Valentine’s Dance
Dancing is good form of physical activity for aging adults. If there is dance for seniors in the community, encourage your loved one to attend. Alternatively, help him or her throw a Valentine’s dance at the house for friends and family. This is a great way for your loved one to meet new people or have a fun day of socializing with friends and family. Ask everyone to dress up for the dance, and play your loved one’s favorite music.
3. Romantic Movie Day
Organize a Valentine’s Day movie marathon at your loved one’s home. Get the treats ready and choose a few romantic movies for him or her to watch. Watching old movies is a great way to help your loved one conjure up memories and get him or her to talk about the past. Keeping the brain active helps reduce the risk of memory loss.
4. Valentine’s Day Bingo
This is a fun game many seniors love to play. Bingo is a great way for your loved one to socialize while keeping his or her brain active. Get creative this Valentine’s Day, and customize the game to coincide with the occasion. For example, create bingo cards with hearts and other Valentine’s decorations on them. You can also change the rules of the game from matching numbers to asking trivia questions pertaining to the holiday, and how it was created. Use Valentine’s candies or cut-out hearts as markers for the bingo cards.
Contact Home Care Assistance at 484-350-3874 for more information on senior-friendly activities your loved one can enjoy this Valentine’s Day. Our reliable in-home care offers emotional, mental, and physical stimulation for your loved one while helping him or her live independently for as long as possible. We provide live-in and respite home care Lehigh Valley, PA, families can count on. Call one of our Care Managers and schedule a free in-home consultation to learn how our services can benefit your loved one.