Valentine’s Day isn’t just for “love birds”. Everyone is looking for love and wanting to be loved. Engaging with older adults through music and reminisce is a great way to show them you care and they matter. It is also a nice way to remember and share past experiences of feeling loved. Below is a list of Valentine’s Day Songs and to Use with Older Adults. I have only included a handful of songs for each theme, but there are many other songs that you could include.
Before beginning this activity, I purchased Valentine hearts at the store and printed up clip art pictures to represent each theme on small mailing labels. However, you can also use paper hearts and write each theme on them instead. Next, I attached one picture to each Valentine heart. Placing the hearts in a basket or other container, I allowed each resident in my group to choose a Valentine out of the basket. They were asked to identify the picture on their heart and think of a song that had that word in the title. Then the group sang/listened to the chosen song.
NOTE: This activity can easily be done with individuals in a 1:1 setting.
These are the 6 Valentine’s Day themes I chose along with a few songs for each category:
The song possibilities are endless. Have fun letting your loved ones choose different themes for this activity as well.