“What we have once enjoyed we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes a part of us.”- Helen Keller
Valentine’s Day is a day of celebrating love and making our loved ones feel special and appreciated. Over the years, Valentine’s Day has evolved and is not only limited to our partners but also extends to our friends, parents, and grandparents; and has become a yearly reminder to profess our love and gratitude for the ones we love and care for.
Valentine’s Day can mean different things to different people. there are many ways to show someone you love and care for, but Valentine’s Day for elders, who have lived full lives, love is not limited to just a romantic spouse. It grows endlessly to family members, friends, and even the acquaintances they talk to every day, who add on to their years and make their life happy.
This year, let’s extend the sweet treats, heartfelt notes and make time to spread happiness and joy beyond our tribe and to those who could use a smile. We are talking about elders who are most often forgotten and left out from our inner circle and rarely receive a smile or a hug of appreciation. So, this February let’s spread some cheer and celebrate Valentine’s Day for the elderly.
Celebrating Valentine’s Day for the elders or grandparents will make you feel good and will also bring a smile on their face. Seniors and elders often feel lonely, so this February let’s take this opportunity to spread joyfulness and spend time with elders in the family or outside, making it a special day for them by doing what they love like, watching their favorite movie, or playing a list of their favorite songs, cooking the dish they like or spending time with them, talking and reading.
Grandparents have played an essential part in our childhood, like spending summer vacations at grandparent’s houses, eating food from their hands and listening to their stories as they rocked us to sleep, have all become a part of our most cherished memories. It is priceless to listen to their life lessons and seeing their eyes shine and light up with wonder and the heartfelt smile, giving us a glimpse of their younger self. It is in moments like these that one understands the significance of being alive and grateful for sharing these moments with your grandparents. You value the wisdom behind those wrinkled eyes, you relish the time you have with them because you know life is short and opportunities with your parents and grandparents should not be missed.
As we grew up, our grandparents have also become old and need the same patience that they once showed us. Grandparents share a special bond with their grandchildren. They are known for unconditional love and untiring commitment for their grandchildren, and they never miss an opportunity to connect and spend time with the little ones. It is in times like these that we need to remind ourselves of how lucky we are to have grandparents and parents in our life. If you know of any senior citizens living near you, be sure to visit them and spend some time with them this Valentine’s Day.
Valentine’s Day is a day that spreads love and cheer, for seniors who may be missing their partners; it can also bring heartache and sadness. To clear out the sorrow, it is important to keep a list of senior activities and gift ideas that ensures to spread cheer and joy in the lives of elders. Our elders teach us that love is always there, but often ignored, readily available but not appreciated. The lesson is to return to the basic truth of what remains when everything passes by or falls away. It is a day that is dedicated to love and letting your loved ones know how much they mean to you. It is a cultural reminder for all to enjoy and be grateful to be surrounded by the people you love and those who love you.