February 17, 2011
Love and the desire for romance never grow old. With a little creativity, there are ways that seniors can still celebrate special occasions such as holidays, birthdays and Valentine’s Day even if they face health challenges.
Q. I am a 79-year-old widower who would like to do something special for my 78-year-old sweetheart on Valentine’s Day. I am not in the best health and am primarily homebound. Do you have any ideas?
It’s great that you want to make Valentine’s Day special for that important love interest in your life. And there are certainly things that you can do with your honey to enjoy the day even if you can’t get out.
How about a picnic? Order chicken and salads from a deli and place them in a basket with two candle sticks and a bottle of wine or non-alcoholic drink. If the weather is nice where you live, go outdoors. If not, spread a blanket on your living room floor – or if that won’t work – place a festive table cloth in a comfortable spot. A tape or cassette player can add some “mood” music to the event. Your valentine will appreciate your creativity.
If you’re thinking of something more elegant, how about catering in a meal? Look in the yellow pages for a place that could deliver whatever your heart desires. A few flowers on the table and a great dessert to finish off the meal will create a wonderful Valentine’s Day dinner. Follow that up by renting a movie that you might both enjoy.
Do you know any musicians at your church or senior center? If so, why not surprise your date with live music at the meal or a concert after your dinner. Not many dinner guests would expect a pianist or violinist or string quartet to be providing an evening’s entertainment at home.
If you need help arranging any of the details, ask a relative or trusted friend. A youth group through your church also might enjoy volunteering to help you make this day special for your “date.”
Or consider a CAREGiver from Home Instead Senior Care. The company hires individuals who are trained to provide a variety of non-medical services to seniors including meal preparation, light housekeeping, shopping and errands. A CAREGiver, who can be hired for from three hours up to 24 hours, could help make the day special and provide help with other tasks as well.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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