Though Valentine’s Day is meant to be a time shared with those we care about, it can be depressing for seniors who may be missing people they have loved throughout their lives. Fortunately, there are several things you and your family can do to prevent this and ensure your senior loved one enjoys this holiday. Roseville elder care experts recommend these ideas to help boost your loved one’s emotional health.
Suggest Showing Love to the Community
Seniors have accumulated many skills over the years that can be used to enhance the lives of others in their communities. Your loved one could knit a soft blanket to donate to a shelter or, if your loved one was a woodworker, he or she could build a doghouse for someone’s pet. Contributing to the happiness of others will provide your loved one with a sense of purpose.
Attend a Senior Valentine’s Event
Many communities plan dances, dinners, and shows specifically for seniors. Attending one of these special events can provide your loved one with an opportunity for socialization. These events can be a springboard for future activities as your loved one meets new people in his or her age group.
Make Sure Your Loved One Eats Right and Exercises
Proper nutrition and exercise play a valuable role in preventing the symptoms of depression. However, if your loved one is sad, he or she may be less likely to eat a nutritious diet and stick to an exercise regimen. For this reason, it may be necessary to give your loved one a boost by accompanying him or her on a walk or stopping by with a healthy prepared meal.
Invite Him or Her to Reminisce
Although it may be tempting to avoid the subject of a spouse or friend who has passed away, talking about it can sometimes be therapeutic for a senior who is missing someone on Valentine’s Day. Sit down and share memories over a cup of tea, or you could help your loved one continue a cherished tradition he or she shared with the spouse or friend. By encouraging your loved one to remember the good times, you can remind him or her that memories hold value.
Encourage Crafting with the Grandkids
It is hard for a senior to be sad when surrounded by a group of giggling children. Invite the grandkids over to do a fun Valentine’s craft. Make cards, decorate a wreath, or make a cheerful flower arrangement with your loved one to give out to family and friends.
Social companionship is one of the best ways to promote your loved one’s emotional wellbeing. Consider hiring a professional caregiver from Home Care Assistance. Our compassionate caregivers can spend time with your loved one and keep him or her socially engaged while helping accomplish a wide array of important daily tasks. For seniors who need more comprehensive care, we also offer Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and stroke care in Roseville. To learn more and to schedule a complimentary consultation with one of our Care Managers, call (916) 226-3737 today.