Valentine’s Day for seniors can be tricky.
The traditional celebration of love is one of those holidays that can be terrifically exciting or a major letdown. If you’ve ever waited all day for flowers, candy or a card to arrive and it never did, you know what I’m talking about.
When we were kids, we looked forward to receiving Valentines and candy hearts in school. We learned the meaning of puppy love. As young adults, we fixated on romance and roses.
Married love brings a cozy, comfortable celebration of Valentine’s Day. Champagne, a fancy dinner, chocolate-dipped strawberries, even teddy bears are tangible expressions of your love and commitment.
But for seniors, February 14 can be a very lonely day. Perhaps their spouse, children or other loved ones are no longer with them. If so, the day can be a painful reminder of times gone by. For anyone dealing with grief on Valentine’s Day or any other holiday, we recommend this helpful website: What’sYourGrief.com.
Let’s face it: 2020 was a very tough year for way too many people. All the more reason to make this year’s Valentine’s Day a joyful celebration for the seniors in your life!
Beyond Flowers: Valentine’s Day for Seniors
First and foremost, your time is the best gift of all. If you can set aside a few hours – and Covid restrictions permitting – here are a few ways to make this day of hearts and flowers a memorable holiday for your senior:
- Decorate their house, assisted living apartment or other dwelling with red, pink and white hearts cut out of colored paper. Decorate some of the hearts with doilies and glue a photo of each daughter, son and grandchild on a doily. Create the hearts however you want but make a lot of them and place them everywhere.
- Prepare and enjoy a high tea together. Make delicious finger sandwiches, elegant crumpets and delicate croissants and serve them with luscious jams, whipped cream and lemon curd. Prepare an assortment of black and herbal teas to accompany the treats. Set the table with Valentine’s Day themed decorations and pretty plates. Eat and drink with your senior and don’t skimp on the time! Ask them to share some of their favorite Valentine’s Day memories.
- Watch a romantic comedy together. Movies that star more mature actors like Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson may be best. A few movies to consider:
- “Bridges of Madison County”
- “As Good As It Gets”
- “It’s Complicated”
- “Something’s Gotta Give”
- “The Tomorrow Man”
- “French Kiss”
- “Face of Love”
- “And So It Goes”
- “Under the Tuscan Sun”
- “Shirley Valentine”
Valentine Care Package
If visiting in person with your loved one isn’t possible, how about shipping a Valentine care package? Ideas for the package include:
- A warm red or pink scarf, either homemade or purchased
- Mason jar chocolates with red, pink or white bows
- Framed photo of your family
- Stuffed Valentine animal
- Smitten Mitten homemade Valentine card
- Heart-shaped cookies or crackers
- Pink, white and red petits fours
- Heart-shaped, mini-Valentine cakes
See’s Candies – 100th Anniversary
One year we shipped boxes of See’s Candies to our parents who lived miles away. We ordered the candy online and had it shipped directly to their homes. It was a complete surprise and they were excited to receive such a yummy Valentine’s Day treat. For those of you who didn’t grow up with See’s Candies, longtime fans believe they make the tastiest chocolates in the country. The company must be doing something right as 2021 marks its 100th anniversary.
Keepsake Valentine’s Day Book
Ahead of Valentine’s Day, spend some time talking to your loved one about how they met their spouse. Ask them for anecdotes about how they spent their Valentine’s Days together. Then write their story in a keepsake book decorated in a hearts motif and present the book to them on Valentine’s Day.
Easy-to-Use Smart Photo Frame
Ask to borrow photos from your loved one that include their spouse and other family members from over the years. Download the photos into a ViewClix Smart Frame and ship the frame ahead of time for Valentine’s Day. The ViewClix Smart Frame is extremely easy to use and requires no tech skills at all once it’s set up. The frame displays the photos in slideshow format. You can also schedule easy-to-operate video chats. The smart frame is pre-loaded with a Wi-Fi connection so you don’t have to subscribe to an online account like Amazon or Google. Best of all, family members can easily download and update the smart frame with new photos from afar.
We hope these ideas will inspire you to create a wonderful Valentine’s Day for the seniors in your life, whether they’re your mother, father, aunt or other loved one. In these trying times, the need to demonstrate your love has never been greater. But no matter how you spend the day, we hope it’s filled with love, laughter and joy.