Spreading Valentine’s Day Love to the Elderly
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and you probably already have plans to give your significant other beautiful roses, chocolates, and a great dinner. But don’t forget, this day is to express love to all who hold a special place in your heart – including your elderly loved ones. This year, consider making Valentine’s Day a family event and include your elderly loved ones in on the activities. Here are three ideas you can use to share the love, which are provided by the attorneys at Garcia, Artigliere, Medby & Faulkner, who specialize in elder abuse cases.
1. Cards with Special Surprises Inside
While cards may seem like a simple gift to hand out, they can create such a great feeling inside when a person receives one. In addition to giving an elderly loved one a Valentine’s Day card, place something extra special inside. Write a family newsletter or a handwritten note that talks about how much you care about them. You can also include children’s pictures or family photographs.
Don’t forget about those elderly people who have no one to share the holiday with this year. Make or purchase extra cards that can be passed out to your elderly loved one’s friends at nursing and retirement homes. You can create a ton of smiles and increase happiness with such a simple gift!
2. Personalized and Hand-Crafted Gifts
A gift that comes from the heart is always appreciated by the young and old alike. Consider giving or even sending a gift from a wide range of choices, such as baked goods, mugs, tote bags, pillows and blankets. Take the time to personalize the gift by adding the elderly loved one’s initials onto the mug or fabric. You can also have family photos transferred onto the tote, mug and other items to create an extra special gift.
3. Activities Designed for the Elderly
Taking your elderly loved one out for the day allows for more bonding time. Base your activities on what the elder would like to do, and keep in mind their medical condition. You could take them to a movie theater, Broadway show, sporting event, spa, sauna, or even go on a shopping adventure.
Spending time with your elderly loved one on Valentine’s Day can raise their spirits during the day that celebrates love. Even when you can’t be with them physically, sending a card or calling them can bring more happiness into their lives.
If your elderly loved one shows signs of depression or abuse when you are visiting or talking with them, consider looking into the common signs of elder abuse and take action immediately. Contact the law firm of Garcia, Artigliere, Medby & Faulkner at 1-800-281-8515 or visit us online at www.lawgarcia.com.