Happy Valentine’s Day! Our extremely snowy winter can certainly spur some reminiscing about experiences in the snow. Talk about memories of building snowmen, sledding, ice skating, playing hockey, etc. Someday you may love to share those memories with children and grandchildren of your own. Record these stories or write them down to share with other family members and to have for reference in the future. Snow day activities can be cutting out snowflakes to decorate a window or make snow cream. Try singing or listening to winter themed songs like “Let It Snow”, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” and “Winter Wonderland”.
Valentine’s Day should stir many memories – exchanging valentines as kids, more meaningful valentines as adults, favorite valentine gifts given & received. You may want to create original valentines, decorate cut-out hearts, make cards with photos, or decorate heart–shaped cookies. Talk to your loved one about the meanings of the words love & heart.
Familiar love songs can trigger old memories & touch the heart of one with advanced dementia. Again, it’s helpful & important to record experiences shared. Encourage your loved one to reminisce around memories of old & newer love songs: “Because”, “I Love You Truly”, “Heart of My Heart”, “Always”, “Let Me Call You Sweetheart”, “You Gotta Have Heart”, “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm”, “When I Fall in Love”, “Our Love Is Here To Stay”, “I Will Always Love You”, “Do You Love Me?”, “How Sweet It Is.”
Cherish and share this LOVE-LY month & stay warm!