There are chocolate candy hearts at the grocery store, paper hearts in the windows, and love in the air. It’s almost Valentine’s Day! Welcome Cupid the right way with these Valentine’s Day activities for seniors.
Valentine’s Day Activities for Seniors
Did you know that Valentine’s Day has been around for hundreds of years? It’s thought that our current celebration of the holiday comes from the Roman tradition of Lupercalia, a festival held every year to welcome the spring. Matchmaking among younger community members was an important part of this celebration, and weddings during this time were also common. This community-wide celebration of love eventually became the Valentine’s Day we celebrate today.
All of this is to say that if you think of Valentine’s Day as a day that is only for young lovers, think again. Valentine’s Day can be about romance, but it’s also a special time to celebrate love in all of its forms. Community connections, close friendships, and of course those romantic relationships that have stood the test of time all deserve to be recognized. If you aren’t sure how to celebrate Valentine’s Day, we have you covered. Check out these Valentine’s Day activities for seniors, and think about how you can celebrate love on this special day.
Decorate Your Living Space
One of the best ways to get into the spirit of any holiday is to make some decorations and brighten up your living space. There are all kinds of fun and easy Valentine’s Day decorative crafts you can make, such as yarn-wrapped Valentine’s hearts. Make them yourself, or really get in the spirit and invite some loved ones to join you.
Share a Sweet Treat
You’ve probably heard that the quickest way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. Since this is a holiday for the heart, why not celebrate it with a sweet treat or two? You can even make your treats delicious and keep those hearts healthy with options like these easy diabetes-friendly desserts.
Connect with Handmade Cards and Letters
With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes we forget to stop and tell the people we care about how much they mean to us. It’s always fun to send a loved one a surprise Valentine’s day card or letter. Get fancy with these easy-to-make 3D pop-up cards, or keep it simple with a pen and paper. Share a beloved memory you have with them, or just tell them how much you appreciate them every other day of the year.
Watch a Romantic Movie
If you’re looking for a more low-key way to spend Valentine’s Day, nothing beats enjoying a favorite romantic movie. Put on an old favorite, or select a new one from this list of 50 must-see romantic classics. Make some popcorn and enjoy it by yourself, or with a loved one or two.
Show Some Love Through Volunteering
If you’re a community-minded person, Valentine’s Day can be a great opportunity to show love to the people who need it the most. Consider volunteering with a cause that’s close to your heart, like an animal shelter or a food pantry. If you’re looking for something to do at home, consider creating cards or care packages to send to veterans or other groups that welcome them. Showing people that someone cares is always a good thing to do, and it’ll make your day a little brighter too.
These are only a few of the fun Valentine’s Day activities for seniors that you can do with friends, family, and even that special someone. No matter what you do, take a minute to celebrate love and connection this year.
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