In my experience over the past couple of years in finding new homes for elders in larger communities which care for their needs, I have found that no matter how aging has affected their physical ability to care for oneself, Valentine’s Day is still in the heart of many. Events are planned with decorations and red clothing items are seen throughout communities which is a sure sign of participation.
As communities plan Valentine activities, there are families who would like to spend time with their loved one on this special day and are not sure what kind of activity they can plan for them especially the loved one who has Alzheimer’s.
Here are some ideas for loved ones who suffer Alzheimer’s on Valentine’s Day:
1) Make a Valentine photo album with some pictures from their past
2) Watching an old movie with them is an event they will enjoy
3) Give them a stuffed animal/doll to enjoy
4) Take some arts/crafts to do together
Here are some ideas for spending Valentine’s Day with your loved one who lives alone or in a retirement community:
1) Make them a coupon book (heart shaped) with pick a movie, date with daughter/son, spend day however they like, hand/arm massage.
2) Surprise them by setting up coffee day in morning with a couple of their friends who may be alone so they can enjoy time with them while you enjoy your time with them later.
3) Surprise family get together at your place for breakfast or brunch.
Remember that Valentine’s Day does not have to fancy, it only has to be meaningful so family and friends can enjoy this day together.