Five Special Valentine’s Day Gifts for Seniors

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Valentine’s Day isn’t exclusive to romantic couples; it’s a celebration of love that transcends age and relationships. This heartfelt occasion provides a wonderful opportunity to express affection to family and friends, and most importantly, to spend quality time with our seniors.

If you’re considering delightful ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your senior loved one in-home care or in your home, we’ve curated five fantastic ideas that are sure to bring joy and warmth to their hearts.

  1. Homemade Treats:

While you may be cautious about your senior’s dietary restrictions, Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge them in a sweet gesture. Be creative and involve your kids in making homemade treats that cater to their health needs. Consider substituting milk chocolate with a healthier alternative like dark chocolate, or use a safer sugar alternative. A heart-shaped dark chocolate brownie can be a delightful and guilt-free treat that will surely bring a smile to their face.

We have a healthy brownie recipe that your seniors will love.

EQUIPMENT

  • mixing bowl
  • Square Baking Dish 8×8

INGREDIENTS

    • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
    • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

INSTRUCTIONS

    • Heat oven to 350 degrees.
    • Grease an 8×8-inch (2 quart) baking dish with coconut oil and set aside.
    • In a bowl, combine the applesauce, cocoa powder, eggs, coconut sugar, and vanilla and whisk until well mixed.
    • In a separate bowl, combine the sea salt, flour and baking powder. Slowly add the flour mixture into the egg mixture. Continue to mix until the flour is just incorporated and then stop. Try not to over-beat the mixture.
    • Add the chocolate chips and fold in by hand.
    • Pour the mixture into the greased pan and place in the oven on a middle shelf. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a knife inserted into the brownies comes out clean. I error on the side of not quite clean to get a more moist brownie.
    • Let cool before cutting into 8 equal pieces.
Special thanks to asweetpeachef.com for this awesome recipe!
  1. Therapy Lamp:

Brighten up your senior day by gifting them a therapy lamp. Research suggests that exposure to bright light from a special lamp or lightbox can compensate for the lack of natural sunlight.

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  1. Stuffed Animals:

Consider the simple joy of a stuffed animal as a thoughtful gift. With various Valentine-themed options available, this small gesture speaks volumes about your love and consideration for your seniors, even when you can’t be with them all the time. Stuffed animals can be particularly beneficial for individuals with dementia, offering comfort and companionship.

  1. A Houseplant:

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Bring soothing greenery into your senior’s living space by gifting them a houseplant—whether a live, easy-care plant or a small, no-fuss faux alternative. This thoughtful present not only adds a touch of nature but also provides a lasting reminder of your care.

Here are 3  indoor plants that are effortless to grow for seniors

1. Sansevieria

Sansevieria, also known as the snake plant, is a type of plant that doesn’t require a lot of light or frequent watering. It’s an excellent choice for individuals who tend to forget about plant care.

 

Crassula

Crassula, commonly known as the jade plant, it is a type of plant that needs plenty of sunlight. It doesn’t need much water and grows slowly, which makes it perfect for small space.

 

Chlorophytum

Chlorophytum, commonly known as the spider plant, can be positioned on furniture or shelves, and its leaves trail down. It has a pleasing appearance and requires minimal effort to care for.

 

 

 

We are grateful to Royalexaminer.com for sharing these fantastic plant suggestions tailored for seniors.
  1. Wedding-Album Reboot:

For those fortunate enough to have experienced a happy marriage, consider creating a wedding-album reboot. Choose favorite photos from the wedding and years spent together, and compile them into a photo book. Platforms like Shutterfly make this process easy, allowing you to add captions or stories. These updated albums, designed to be concise and sweet, serve as a valuable reminiscence tool for seniors with memory loss, sparking conversations and cherished memories.

Here are some tips on how to make your own wedding album for your loved ones:

  • Do not do it alone – When choosing wedding photos, prevent overwhelm by reviewing them with a trusted companion who can provide unbiased opinions and help you see the facts without causing stress.
  • Choose your photos wisely – Trust your initial instincts and make a list of the photos you genuinely like without overthinking. Then, go through your selection to eliminate similar photos that don’t meet your standards.
  • Group your photos into categories – After making your initial selection, categorize your chosen photos into groups such as getting ready, first look, ceremony, details, portraits, and reception. This step, whether done before or after choosing, ensures a well-balanced final selection and is a helpful practice for organizing photos from the start.
  • Decide on the album cover and page style – When faced with numerous options for your album, such as fabric or leather, genuine or faux leather, matte or glossy pages, and crystal or canvas covers, it can be overwhelming. To simplify the decision-making process, consider choosing genuine leather and glossy pages. These options are durable, timeless, and likely to remain stylish for years to come.

     

    Special thanks to leophamphotography.com for providing these invaluable tips for creating a memorable wedding album. 

    On this Valentine’s Day, make your aging loved one feel extra special by choosing a gesture that resonates with their preferences and brings joy to their heart. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Author

  • Kimberly Miller

    Kimberly Miller, RN, is a proud Florida native with an unwavering commitment to elder care that spans an impressive 25 years. Her extensive journey through central Florida's hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and hospice companies has not only honed her understanding of disease processes but has also cultivated a profound expertise in navigating the intricate landscape of elder care. Kimberly's dedication to delivering the highest quality of care to patients and their families is evident in every facet of her career. Armed with certifications as an assisted living administrator, Kimberly's primary focus on customer service and her drive to address the holistic needs of individuals—mind, body, and soul—have led her to a resounding conclusion: home care is the future of personalized, high-quality care. Her conviction is rooted in the understanding that a combination of healthy nutrition, physical and mental exercise, and social engagement is directly linked to improved physical and mental well-being. The recent global pandemic has served as a poignant reminder of the limitations of institutional care, further strengthening Kimberly's resolve. Motivated by a profound desire to make a meaningful difference, she has taken the helm at Prestige Home Care. Here, Kimberly is dedicated to providing a level of care that goes beyond industry standards—a level of care she would wholeheartedly entrust to her own family.

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