Wouldn’t it be nice to not stress over Valentine’s Day and just do something that makes a really positive impact on people who are feeling very alone during this time of the year.
It’s the season of love, chocolates and roses. But Valentine’s Day is not so rosy for the elderly. In fact, it’s often the most depressing time of the year for seniors who are widowed or living alone. That’s why a group of local angels is stepping in for cupid this year. During the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, local caregivers from Visiting Angels will surprise area seniors with flowers that they call Blossoms of Love.
“We’re bringing seniors bouquets because the study shows flowers can snap them right out of depression and encourage them to socialize and engage with people around them,” says Larry Meigs, CEO of Visiting Angels, one of the largest in-home senior care companies with a local office. “If you can’t be with grandma or grandpa, send them flowers along with thoughtful gifts this week.”
However, there are other special gifts and treats to offer your senior friends, parents and grandpa and grandma. Create or purchase a Valentine card or gift as a “note from the heart.” Include photos with the cards.
Why not consider a Valentine Day outing. Give a gift certificate to a favorite restaurant, tickets to a movie or play. An afternoon or evening out is a big deal for seniors who spend every day in their homes or an assisted living facility. It is a simple gesture that says, “I like spending time with you.”
If eating out isn’t possible, cook a dish or bring a dish to share a meal with a senior. Cupcakes are a nice offering.
Sharing memories and stories is a great means to encourage dialogue. Look at old photos together. It’s a great way to open the door to conversation and happy memories. You can also create new memories by bringing a book filled with photos of their favorite topic, which means you need to first learn something about your special Valentine.
You can also consider a special treatment, including a manicure, pedicure or massage; maybe even a haircut and close shave. There are businesses that will travel to your location of choice, or you can make this a special outing.
Whatever special gift or treat that you select, you become the messenger of goodwill and kindness that will definitely help fill your senior Valentine with happy feelings and new memories.
I thank Visiting Angels for reminding me that this is the time of the year that allows us to “show a little love” to someone who can use it. Now, go out and share a little love.
To learn more about this organization, visit www.visitingangels.com.
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