Celebrating Valentine’s Day with someone with dementia

Valentine’s Day is on Friday, February 14. While we are advocates of showing your love all year round, it is always nice to dedicate another day to our loved ones, to show how much we appreciate them.

Celebrating Valentine’s Day with someone with dementia

If you have a spouse or partner with dementia, celebrating Valentine’s Day can be difficult. They might not remember the significance of the day, however if it doesn’t cause too much distress, we’d encourage you to show you care.

We’ve put together some simple ideas for things you can do to still make the day special:

Reminisce with photos

Looking through photo albums is always great for reminiscence for a person with dementia. If you have a wedding photo album, old holiday photo albums or some random snaps, it’s a good idea to spend time looking through them together. It can help spark memories for your loved one and is great for conversation starters.

Listen to music

Listening to music can be one of the most stimulating activities for people with dementia. Why not listen to some of your favourite romantic songs together? If you had a first dance at your wedding, why not play it as it could evoke emotions and memories.

Enjoy a meal together

You could enjoy a meal out together to celebrate Valentine’s Day. It could be somewhere simple such as a local café or pub, or if that’s too much, you can simply stay at home and cook something together there. You can read our tips for taking someone with dementia out for a meal here.

What is most important is that your partner feels loved and appreciated. They might not remember Valentine’s Day itself, but the feelings of love and happiness they experience will help them feel calm and content.