If you typically write off Valentine’s Day as a “Hallmark holiday,” we urge you to reconsider your stance. Not only does his holiday revolve around love and friendship, but also it often involves chocolate and fresh flowers – two undeniably great things. If you aren’t sure how to celebrate, check out our Valentine’s Day ideas for seniors.
Valentine’s Day Ideas for Seniors
Heart-Healthy Exercise Class
Valentine’s Day is all about the heart. So to start the day off right, why not take part in a heart-healthy exercise class? According to Harvard Medical School, some of the best heart-healthy workouts for seniors include aerobic exercise (like brisk walking, cycling, dancing, or swimming) and resistance exercise (like strength training). Consider signing up for a fitness class at a local gym or community center. If you’d prefer to exercise at home, you could rent a workout DVD from the library or find workout videos on YouTube.
Romantic Movie Marathon
What are your favorite romantic comedies? Winter is the perfect season for a movie marathon (you’re already cooped up inside), and feel-good romantic comedies are always a great choice. If you’re inviting friends to join you, consider asking everyone to bring along their favorite romantic comedy. In addition to enjoying some fun movies, you’ll learn something new about each member of the group. As a bonus, consider bringing along some festive treats, like chocolate-covered strawberries or heart-shaped sugar cookies.
Knitting Party to Benefit a Charity
Do you and your buddies love to knit or crochet? Consider throwing a knitting party to benefit a local charity, such as a homeless shelter or hospital. You could knit scarves, hats, or mittens to donate. And while you knit, you could chat with your friends and enjoy some snacks. It’s a win-win situation.
You’re never too old for valentines. While you could purchase ready-made cards or print some off the internet, hand-made is always best if you have the time. You don’t have to write a long message to each person – simply create a small, kind card that shows that you care. If you want to go the extra mile, you could have everyone participating put their valentines in a “mailbox” and then act as the mailman, delivering the valentines to their recipients.
Play Some Games
If you’re going to have a game night on Valentine’s Day, be sure to pick games that can be adjusted to the theme. For example, you might try the following ideas:
- Bingo using Hershey’s kisses or conversation hearts as markers
- Name That Song using only love songs
- Bean Bag Toss using heart-shaped targets
- Family Feud using themed prompts, like “Words that rhyme with love”
- Trivia using questions related to the holiday or romance in general
Valentine’s Day is all about love and relationships, making it a great day to ruminate on your past. Consider attending a writing workshop or conducting one yourself. Whether you’re interested in poetry, memoir, or fiction, you could write about a meaningful relationship in your life or your thoughts about love. If Valentine’s Day sometimes makes you sad (perhaps you’ve lost someone you loved), writing can be a wonderful way to get down some of your feelings and help you work through the emotions.
Although this list is meant to be Valentine’s Day ideas for seniors, the ideas work well for people of all ages. So don’t hesitate to pull them out if your grandchildren decide to visit on February 14th.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!
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