7 Ways to Show Yourself or a Caregiver Love This Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day can be more than buying flowers or candy for someone. It can also be an opportunity to show appreciation and love to the ones we care about, including ourselves. According to National Institute on Aging, if you are caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or other medical conditions, they may experience urinary incontinence as a short-term symptom. Between purchasing incontinence supplies, going grocery shopping or running other errands, caregivers are busy people. Below are some ideas for Valentine's Day activities to help yourself or a caregiver you know.

  1. Reach Out and Connect - Reach out to someone and ask them how they are doing and what's new in their life. Talk about things that can help alleviate the stress you both may be feeling.

  2. Enjoy a Meal or Treat - Nothing says you care more than a delicious meal you’ve prepared yourself.

    couple eating lunch at a table

  3. Send a Warm Greeting - Most electronic greeting cards are free and take 2 minutes to write. Heartfelt messages are the most meaningful and will let friends and family members know you are thinking of them. And, for yourself, post a fun Valentine's emoji on your social media pages.

  4. Help with Errands and/or Housekeeping - Use your free time and help your valentine around the house.  Having extra help with laundry, groceries or cleaning can go a long way!

  5. Go Somewhere Special- The strenuous day-to-day routine a caregiver goes through can cause burnout. Go to a place where you and/or they can fully enjoy themsleves and relax. Some idea include the movies, golfing, dinner, a weekend getaway or enjoying a cup of tea of coffee.

  6. Conduct a "Wellness Check"- Caregivers can only give good care when they too are in good shape. Think about attending or gifting a yoga class or therapeutic massage. When caregivers are in optimal health, they are more likely to give better care to their loved ones.

    a woman enjoying a therapeutic massage

  7. Send a Care Package- Care packages aren’t just for college students anymore. Send an assortment of favorite things that are fun to receive and even more fun to open. You can fill the package with snacks, a good book, gift cards or even aromatherapy items if they enjoy essential oils. Customize the box to let them know you are thinking of them.

    care package with essential oils

Who will be your Valentine this year? A trip to the movie theater, a fresh meal delivered to their home or even a care package are all great ideas to show your valentine you care about them not just on Valentine’s Day, but every day.

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