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5 Ways You Can Show a Senior Love This Valentine's Day

Posted by Dawn Owens on Feb 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM


Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. This year, take the time to show a special senior in your life how much you love and care about them with one of these special ideas.

1. Cook for Them

Cooking a meal for a loved one is an easy and meaningful way to show them how much you care about them. Consider cooking their favorite meal, or perhaps cook a special family recipe. Cook together with your senior or have them sit and relax while you do all of the work. Ask them which they would prefer to do.

2. Make a Scrapbook

Scrapbooks are wonderful places to keep your memories. Sit down with your senior loved one and build a scrapbook together, or make a surprise scrapbook for them. For the subject of your scrapbook, consider choosing a special trip, a particularly important year in the life of your loved one, or a special topic like grandchildren.

3. Send a Care Package

If your loved one lives too far away for an actual visit, you can always send them a care package this year on Valentine’s Day to let them know they are loved even though the distance between you is so great. Online stores like Harry & David and make it easy for you to choose the items that you want to include in your gift and ship it straight to your loved one.

4. Do Chores

Rake leaves, mow the lawn, paint the side of the house, sweep up the kitchen, give the dog a bath—choose one or several chores that your senior loved one doesn’t enjoy doing or cannot perform as easily anymore and do it for them. Ask them to make you a list of chores that they might prefer you do instead, and make a day of it! While you work, your senior loved one can sit on the couch or in the back garden and relax.

5. Make Time for Them

The most important thing you can do for anyone you care about is make time for them. You don’t have to schedule a once-in-a-lifetime outing or an expensive vacation to show them how much you care. Make a phone call, schedule a visit, or send a handwritten letter in the mail. Step back from your busy schedule, breathe, and let someone you love share a piece of your time.


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Dawn Owens

Written by: Dawn Owens

Dawn has been part of the Cottage family for over 10 years. She comes from a strong background in mental health care, with a certification in crisis intervention. Dawn has two daughters, Alika and Ava. She enjoys walking, scrapbooking, and playing softball.