Tips to Combat Senior Loneliness this Valentine’s Day

by: Melanie Farley

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner it’s safe to say that love is in the air! At Northeast Adult Day Care, we have clients who have been married 60+ years, and we are honored to witness their love and commitment, but Cupid’s holiday can also conjure sad memories for seniors celebrating alone.

For seniors who have recently lost a partner, or who have been single for a long time, Valentine’s Day can be an especially lonely and isolating holiday, but it doesn’t have to be. Read on for our tips to combat senior loneliness this Valentine’s Day.



Connect with community

According to the National Institute of Aging, people over 80-years-old report that they feel socially isolated nearly 80% of the time. Since the emotional pain from loneliness activates the body’s stress response system, loneliness can lead to increased inflammation and a whole host of other physical ailments. That’s why it’s so important for seniors to remain connected to a supportive community of family and friends.

Valentine’s Day is meant to celebrate all kinds of love, not just romantic love. So, you might consider participating in a community event with your senior or organizing a social event where seniors can connect and share stories. For example, at Northeast Adult Day Care, we have regular activity groups for seniors to connect around shared interests like language-learning, crafts, fitness, and more. You might also find fun activities for seniors at your local community center. 


Indulge in a day of self-care

Valentine’s Day can be a great excuse to show ourselves a little bit of extra love, too.

Whether it’s a relaxing, therapeutic massage, a mani/pedi, or a creative, at-home facial, Valentine’s Day can be a great day to indulge. Plus, it’s fun to treat yourself to a day of pampering with your senior loved one. Just be sure to read all the products’ ingredients to avoid any allergies! 


Connect throughout the year

Remember, seniors need regular social connection to maintain optimum mental, emotional, and physical health. Studies show that people who engage in meaningful, productive social activities tend to live longer, happier, healthier lives.

So, while it’s important to check in with senior loved ones this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to spend quality time with them throughout the rest of the year as well!


A Final Word…

It’s important to make time to connect with the beloved seniors in your life this Valentine’s Day, especially singles who may be especially lonely. Human beings are social creatures, and we all deserve to feel special and loved on Valentine’s Day, and every day. Whether it’s a shared social activity, some extra pampering, or even just a listening ear, your senior will be grateful you took the time to show them how much you care.

Would your senior loved one benefit from expert adult day care in a warm, welcoming environment? The healthcare professionals at Northeast Adult Day Care can provide skilled care, monitoring, and social interaction for your loved one! Reach out to learn more, [email protected].