Valentine’s day is right around the corner, and while some of us love the day, some others feel left out in the cold. If you're not interested in spending valentine’s day with a romantic partner there is a new trend that has everyone celebrating; Palentine's day!
Palentine's day is a great way to show your platonic life partners like friends and neighbors that you care. Stuck on how to show your pals that you care? Check out some suggestions below:
- Pass out baked treats - you don't have to be a master chef to pull off a yummy cookie or a tasty cupcake.
- Pass out cards - it's a valentines classic with a twist! Instead of professing your romantic love to the receiver let them know what they mean to you as a neighbor and friend. You could even spread the intergenerational love like our seniors, and make valentines for children at Lurie Children’s Hospital!
- Spend time with your pals by starting a game day, book club, or start a monthly movie day.
Did you know that research shows that loneliness effects the health of all of us, especially senior citizens living in isolation. Studies find that socializing makes our immunes systems stronger, lower blood pressure, sharpen our memories, and even improve our sleeping routines! One study actually showed that strong connections with family and chosen family helped seniors live longer, healthier lives!
H.O.M.E.'s Intergenerational Housing Program is designed to offer engagement that reduces isolation and increases quality of life. As a result, our residents often report that their health improves after they move into our buildings. Residents are also offered opportunities to attend community outings including movies, museums, and shopping. In many instances, our residents refer to residential managers, coordinators, and neighbors as the “H.O.M.E. family,” an extension of their own family and support system. Find out more about our program and how you can get involved or support us.