Editors Note: This article was originally posted in February 2017 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and you should be celebrating love for everyone. February is the month for love! While we hope you spread love and joy all year long, we know February holds an extra special place in all of our hearts. While you are showering your significant other or your kids with Valentine’s goodies, don’t forget the seniors in your life.
Seniors may not have a spouse to exchange cards or flowers with anymore, so a small gesture from their loved ones can go a long way in communicating just how loved they are. Not sure about good options for senior-friendly Valentine's Day gifts? Here are some good suggestions.
A HEALTHY SNACK
A great suggestion for a healthy senior-friendly Valentine's Day treat is homemade fruit basket filled with different kinds of berries like raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries. This makes for a delicious and sweet treat. Berries are naturally lower in sugar than other fruits and are easy to chew as well. Want to spice it up a little? Dip a small amount of fruit in dark chocolate for an added bit of flair!
MEMORIES THAT LAST FOREVER
Spend time making a photo collage of your favorite pictures featuring your loved one with friends and family. Choose to create a traditional photo album, framed photos or even something unique and useful like a pillow or blanket. Look for pictures from younger years as well as more recent memories. You can make this gift particularly memorable if your loved one has lost a spouse by including wedding and anniversary pictures. Websites like Collage.com offer a variety of different items that you can personalize with photos.
ASK THEM WHAT THEY WANT TO DO
Offer to take your senior out for the day doing whatever they would like to do. Whether that’s going to the park, to lunch, to see a movie or maybe getting a salon treatment. Spending quality time with your senior can make them feel extra special and loved.
READ A BOOK TOGETHER
Pick a book to read together. Most books offer a large print version, and tablets like the Kindle e-Reader and iPad come with ways to increase text size. Reading a book together will give you something to discuss your visits or phone calls. If your senior is not able to read any longer, offer to read for them. If your loved one lives with memory loss, try selecting a new book each time you visit.Want more suggestions on how to love your senior all year long? Follow Fieldstone Communities on Facebook for more senior-friendly ideas.