This month, we’re looking ahead to the romantic month of Valentine’s Day! Cards, celebrations, candy hearts, and all the red and pink you can imagine! Celebrate all kinds of love with your residents this holiday season.
The traditional Christmas chain now gets a Valentine’s Day upgrade. Residents can write the name of a loved one on each link in the chain, then work as a group to tape each piece together to hang around your community. As you create the chain, you can encourage your residents to share stories about the person.
February is the shortest month. No wonder it’s also National Haiku Month, celebrating the shortest form of poetry. One of the best Valentine’s Day activities for seniors is a haiku writing workshop. While haiku doesn’t rhyme, poems follow this format:
Take haiku Valentine’s Day activities for seniors one step further with these ideas:
Relive happy memories for your residents by hosting a Name That Love Song game as one of your Valentine’s Day activities. Find a list of tunes by decade, play a few bars, then see who can name the song or artist first. Bonus points if residents sing along!
When love is in the air, romantic comedies are nourishing and fun for the soul. Create a rom com movie marathon – it’s one of the easiest Valentine’s Day activities for your residents. Turn on nostalgic classics like An Affair to Remember as well as new favourites like It’s Complicated. Or, let residents vote on the movies they want to see.
Don’t put that Christmas tree away! Set out a basket of paper hearts. Seniors can write anonymous compliments for other residents and hang them on the tree. It’s a great way for your residents to be reminded that they are loved, cared for, and seen.
Remember when you were a kid and you used to deliver handwritten valentine’s day cards to your classmates? Why not replicate this in your community. Using simple items like shoeboxes, residents can make a valentine mailbox to hang outside their door. Help them create valentine cards to deliver to other residents on February 14th.
Create a Valentine’s Day activity for those residents who have a knack for knitting. Team up with a local homeless shelter and invite your residents to knit a hat or pair of mittens. Not only will seniors feel good about helping those in need, but studies also show that knitting makes people feel happier.
Quizzes like this are great to keep minds active and involved in verbal communication with the rest of the community. The simple way to play this quiz is to ask your seniors group to name the partner of the person I am about to call out. Begin by saying "Abbott and....." You can ask individuals in the group for the answer, to keep everyone involved.
It’s speed dating with a twist! Residents get 5 minutes to meet a new friend before time is up…and they meet another resident. You can use a large space like your dining room or lobby. This is a great opportunity for your residents to connect and get to know one another.
Residents fill out questionnaires about their favourite hobbies, interests, and music. Then, they can meet their “friend matches” at an event. To help new friends break the ice, plan Valentine’s Day activities for seniors to run at the event. This is a great way for your residents to connect with others who share similar hobbies and interests.
We hope you found some inspiring activity ideas to try out with residents in your senior living community! If this list sparked your creativity, sign up for our newsletter to get even more fun activity ideas sent to your inbox. Every resident’s well-being is at the heart of what we do.
Wendy studies English Language and Literature at the University of Ottawa, where she has won numerous awards for her writing.
Katie is a member of Welbi’s Customer Experience team! She has a background in communications and recreation and is passionate about older adults, exercise, coffee and people.
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