Don’t Forget Your Elderly Relative on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is known for chocolates, flowers, mystery cards and romantic dates. It is a day for lovers, and elderly people are often forgotten about. It could even be a painful day for your elderly parent if they are on their own after losing their partner.

While you may find it easy to remember them at Christmas and other family days, it may be harder to remember them on Valentine’s Day. So this year, make a special effort to do something with your relative.

Spend Some Quality Time Together

Try to make the effort this Valentine’s Day to simply visit your relative and spend some time together. You don’t have to do anything special, and you will find that simply spending time with elderly people can help to prevent the onset of depression and reduce loneliness. Many elderly people can feel lonely, and this is especially true on a day like Valentine’s Day that they may have celebrated for many years with their partner.

Get Them a Present

Make your relative feel special by buying them something nice on Valentine’s Day. You should not need an excuse to buy them a gift, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity. Surprise them with some nice chocolates or some flowers, and show them how much you love them.

Prepare a Card

If you have children, get them to help prepare home-made valentine’s cards. This will be a lovely thing for your relative to receive, and it is very personal. Get all the kids to each make their own cards and then take them all around together.

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Get Your Care Worker Involved

If your elderly relative has a care worker, you can get them involved on Valentine’s Day. If you cannot be with your relative yourself, let the care worker know how important the day is, and recommend some activities they could do together.

Plan Something Special

Did your relative have a special place they liked to go with their partner? A film they watched together? A walk they used to go on? This could provide you with a good way to make them feel better on the day. You could also see if there are any vintage romantic films showing at the cinema. Or you could go to a café or look through some old photos together. Anything slightly different can help to make it a memorable occasion.

Don’t Forget Valentine’s Day This Year

These are just a few of the things that you can do for Valentine’s Day this year with your elderly relative. This can be a bittersweet day for many elderly people, so make the effort to spend some time with them or even to do something special together and help them to enjoy the day more.