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Making Valentine's Day Special for a Senior Citizen

Updated on August 22, 2013

Whether you're old or young, Valentine's Day should be a special day

Making Valentine's Day special for a senior citizen is really not all that hard - you just have to be aware that the day may be sad for them and just go a bit out of your way to make Valentine's Day special anyway. My Mom lost her love of 65 years in 2007; we had a few rocky years getting over the loss of my Dad but, one thing I learned was that anniversaries continue to happen, holidays come and go and that's where this Squidoo article came from. Just because Dad isn't here physically for Valentine's Day doesn't mean that the holiday stops.

My Mom lives with me and, even though I kid her that every day is Mother's Day around our house, Valentine's Day is still made into a special occasion. Want to see how I do it? Read on.

And, although Dad is gone, he is certainly never forgotten.

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Updated: Jan 2, 2013

Wrap your favorite senior lady in red pajamas or a red robe for Valentine's Day

My Mom gets cold if the cat sneezes so getting her new warm pajamas and a nice new robe is the way to go. And, there's something sexy about red pajamas...maybe not so much on a 95 year old though....

A senior citizen may not be as interesting in presents - as he or she is in your presence on Valentine's Day

I've long known that the gift of time is the absoute best gift one can give to another human, and spending time with my Mom is no exception to that rule. She doesn't require flowers and chocolates for Valentine's Day (although that's nice too) but, instead, just holding her hand is enough. You don't have to be rich to lend some richness to a senior citizen's life.

Here's a few ideas for you for spending Valentine's Day with a senior citizen.

  1. Spend Valentine's Day visiting a museum in your area. If there is an American History museum, you might find that seeing the exhibits from days of old sparks some interesting conversation with your favorite senior citizen.

    If you've got a more housebound senior citizen with whom to spend Valentine's day, how about getting a few nice coffee table books about history, museums or their favorite subjects? Here's a few nice books on Amazon which would make great Valentine's Day presents:

  2. Bring in dinner and a movie. You don't have to be a gourmet cook - just bring in some of your senior citizen's favorite foods and slip a good movie into the DVD player. Lay out a red tablecloth and napkins and some red wine for a nice touch.

    For some suggestions of good movies to view with a senior citizen, go visit my blog Good Movies For Senior Citizens.

    Here's a few other choice which 95 year old Gertie rated "10 arthritic fingers up":

  3. Create some delicious Dessert shooters - mini desserts served in small glasses for an after dinner treat. Select your senior citizen's favorite things, such as pound cake, pudding, etc and layer them into a pretty glass. Make sure to add something a bit crunch between the layers though to add interest. To see more Dessert Shooter ideas, check out this link: Lori's Dessert Shooter articles.
  4. Pick a craft idea to try with your favorite senior citizen, purchase the supplies, and sit down over a cup of tea to put your craft together. For some good ideas for craft for senior citizens, visit my Squidoo article: Senior Citizen Crafts.

    If you senior citizen's eyesight is good enough, how about picking up a jigsaw puzzle to work together? There's a few fun jigsaw puzzles particularly made for seniors in mind.

Give your favorite senior citizen a piece of your heart for Valentine's Day

I love these hand warmers and so does my elderly mom. They're reusable - just put in warm water to recharge - and inexpensive.

Heart Shaped Reusable Heat Pads - Red
Heart Shaped Reusable Heat Pads - Red

This heart shaped heating disc can be used for hands or placed inside socks for toast toes. Do not allow your favorite elderly person to walk with these in their shoes or socks though.

 

Some movies Mom and I have enjoyed

Mom is mostly in a wheelchair these days so we spend a lot of time watching TV - yes, I'm now a fan of Wheel of Fortune (well, that secret is out of the bag). The below are some of the movies we've watched that Mom most liked.

Grumpy Old Men / Grumpier Old Men (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]
Grumpy Old Men / Grumpier Old Men (Double Feature) [Blu-ray]

Mom laughed out loud at the antics of Walter Matthau in this movie.

 
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)

Mom actually remembered some of this movie. The soundtrack alone is worth watching the movie

 
The Birdcage
The Birdcage

If your senior citizen is old fashioned, this movie might not be it but Mom rolled.

 
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar
To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar

Another movie for the more progressive minded senior citizen.

 
The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple

The Odd Couple is just good for everyone. It's a wonderful flick.

 
valentine's day flowers
valentine's day flowers

Our last Valentine's Day together

I'm sorry to report that my adorable mom, Gertie, died Feb 15, 2012 but that didn't stop me from giving her roses on Valentine's Day. She nodded a thank you and sniffed their fragrance before slipping back into a twilight zone. Somehow though, I know that she took that last sniff with her as she left this earth. To read more about my amazing mom, please come visit my blog Travels with a 95 year old.

Let's not forget our senior citizen gentlemen in our lives - They love Valentine's Day too

Senior men frequently get forgotten at Valentine's Day but why? They have the same memories that their wives had. Celebrate them also with some red robes for Valentine's Day

Mom and I will probably spend Valentine's Day with my adorable boyfriend in our dining room over a nice supper. We're lucky enough to have her home with us and enjoy every single holiday together. How about you? Please leave me comments.

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      gottaloveit2 3 years ago

      @julieannbrady: You're one beautiful senior citizen! Hope someone gives you and your mom a great Valentine's day present!

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      julieannbrady 3 years ago

      Hey there! Actually not only is my mom a senior citizen, but I am too! On social security too - and mom's SS is the same as mine - what's up with that anywho? So, this is such a perfect idea because seniors love to be remembered on VD. I'm thinking a warm and cozy bathrobe with slippers and chocolates.

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      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      I hope I still get excited about Valentines Day in my senior years

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Love, love, love the intro picture! :)

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      Namaste12 5 years ago

      Wonderful article with a lot of great ideas.

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      Frischy 5 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      This is so lovely! Your love for your mom shines through every article you write about your life together. And I think you gentleman friend is amazing in his willingness to share you with Gert. He sounds like he has a very unselfish and generous heart. You are truly blessed! Thank you for blessing us! And here is a blessing for your lens as well!

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Lovely, it's what we do for others that gets remember the most.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Lovely, it's what we do for others that gets remember the most.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love this lens Lori, because as usual, your love and care shines through in all you do. I think it's wonderful that you realize that although someone we loved is gone, they still remain in our hearts. Beautiful! Blessed.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are great gift ideas for senior citizens. I think choosing a movie they really enjoyed is a great gift idea!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These are great gift ideas for senior citizens. I think choosing a movie they really enjoyed is a great gift idea!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      My sister has been giving Mom and Dad framed prints of our ancestors for holidays. They seem to like those and are getting quite a picture wall going.