Written by Active Minds on Wednesday the 18th of January 2017.
Valentine’s Day is a magical day, full of joy and romance. For a person living with dementia there is no reason that they cannot enjoy this special day. Valentine’s Day activities not only encourage a sense of accomplishment but also allows a person living with dementia to connect with the people important to them.
Valentine’s Day Cards
Cut paper heart shapes and stick them to the front of a folded piece of A3 card. Create a craft box by gathering together fabrics, stickers, scraps of material, doilies and coloured paper. Cover each heart in PVA glue. Together, with the person living with dementia, stick the different materials from the craft box onto the hearts to create a personalised Valentine’s Day card. Encourage the person living with dementia to give the card to a family member or friend to inspire a sense of achievement and pride in sharing their finished card.
Music can be enjoyed by people living with all stages of dementia. Music is a powerful tool as it is able to spark memories and conjure up emotions. Listen or sing along to popular love songs, allowing the person living with dementia the opportunity to reminisce. If they are able, encourage them to slow dance to the songs. Or if you have one, take the chance to look back through an old wedding album and reminisce about that special day.
Depending on the stage of dementia, cooking can be a wonderful activity to enjoy together. Using the biscuit recipe below, bake biscuits together, creating the appropriate Valentine’s shape using a heart shaped biscuit cutter. Once the biscuits have cooled, cover in icing and red and pink sprinkles. Even if the person living with dementia is unable to partake in the baking, the aroma of the biscuits baking may spark memory and encourage conversation.
Either using freshly cut flowers from the garden or shop bought, spend time together arranging flowers into a vase. Discuss the colours and smells and encourage the person living with dementia to give the finished bouquet to someone special.
Buy individually wrapped chocolates and sweets and small plain gift bags. The person living with dementia can then decorate the gift bags with heart stickers and ribbons. Inside the bags place a variety of the chocolates and sweets. The gift bags can then be shared with loved ones.
*Recipe sourced from all recipes