Valentine’s Day can be a difficult holiday for seniors who have lost a spouse or for those who have a loved one that has been diagnosed with a memory-related disease. To address potential feelings of loneliness, here are a few suggestions to encourage social interaction.

  • Visit or schedule a FaceTime call with your loved one. Let them know that you are thinking of them on this special day.
  • Make a homemade Valentine’s Day card for your loved one. If you have children, encourage them to create a Valentine for their grandparent or for a senior that might not have family to celebrate with.
  • Surprise your loved one with an exciting excursion they can look forward to on or around Valentine’s Day. Perhaps you’ll schedule a day at the movie theater or a Sunday brunch.
  • If you are a pet-lover, volunteering at a local animal shelter can lift your spirits. Schedule time for you and your loved one to volunteer at the local SPCA and allow them to be surrounded by furry, friendly animals.
  • Look at your local senior center calendar and choose an event that your loved one can attend. Arrange to go with them or have a local family member or friend accompany them if they would prefer to have company.
  • Bake Valentine’s cookies together. Prepare sweet treats to enjoy together in honor of the holiday.

Many seniors feel isolated and lonely, not only on Valentine’s Day, but throughout the year. Consider an assisted living community for a loved one who is seeking increased social connection. Assisted living communities will often offer a comprehensive and diverse activity calendar, with a host of events and outings to choose from each week. These pre-planned engagements are designed for seniors and customized to the specific community of residents who live there.

Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Oakmont Senior Living is an award-winning developer of premier, resort-style senior communities, with communities throughout California and Nevada. Family owned and operated, Oakmont is recognized for quality of craftsmanship and excellence of amenities and services. Oakmont’s impressive enrichment program offers fitness classes, art and music lessons, weekly excursions to museums and live performances, weekly happy hours, and more. Oakmont is dedicated to creating high-quality communities that enhance the world of retirement living and offer peace of mind for families. For more information about Oakmont, visit www.oakmontseniorliving.com.