Easy Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Jan 26, 2024 | Newsletter, Winter 2024

Valentine’s Day can be a wonderful opportunity for anyone to express their love and appreciation. However, this holiday does not have to be only celebrated by romantic partners. This Valentine’s Day, consider some easy, meaningful ways to celebrate with your loved ones  on February 14.   

Some ideas that emphasize social interaction, mental stimulation, and emotional well-being that can contribute to an enjoyable celebration with your loved one:  

  • Make a handmade card, using any paper and coloring supplies you have at home. 
  • Make sweets at home, whether it involves baking or not. 
  • Watch a movie, either at the theater or at home. 
  • Look at old photos taken together. 
  • Go out for coffee or tea.  

Virtual celebrations have also become more accessible and widespread. National Today suggests organizing virtual gatherings with loved ones by sending digital cards, or even hosting a virtual game night to ensure individuals with limited accessibility can connect with friends and family, even if they are physically distant. 

Consider tailoring the celebration to the individual preferences of your loved ones. Whether they enjoy reminiscing about cherished memories, receiving handcrafted gifts, or engaging in activities that invoke nostalgia, personalizing the experience adds a meaningful touch to any celebration. 

Valentine’s Day can be an opportunity to show appreciation and celebrate the love we have for anyone in our lives. By incorporating these thoughtful ideas, we can create a memorable and heartwarming experience. 

To learn more about other ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your loved ones, speak with a Community Resource Specialist: (408) 350-3200, option 1.  

Lung Cancer Screening

Medicare Part B covers lung cancer screening using low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) if the individual meets all the following criteria:

  • Aged 55 to 77
  • No signs or symptoms of lung cancer
  • Current smoker or quit smoking within the past 15 years
  • Tobacco smoking history averaging one pack per day for 20 years (“20 pack-years”)
  • An order from a doctor or healthcare provider

Take advantage of these preventative services offered by Medicare by asking for them for yourself or your loved one. In this way, older adults can reduce their risk of developing substance abuse disorders or mitigate its effects to maintain healthier lifestyles.

References

  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020, July). Substance use in older adults drugfacts. Substance Use in Older Adults DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (nih.gov)
  2. gov. (n.d.). Preventive & screening services. preventive services (medicare.gov)

 

This project was supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $94,686 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.