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Making Valentine’s Day Special for Seniors

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Valentine’s Day is all about love and romance – who doesn’t like that? The extra-special attention lathered upon us each February 14th suggests feelings of the “warm and gooiness” we felt when we first fell in love. For many seniors, however, this annual day of love can be just another day, or worse, a day of increased loneliness and sorrow.
Here is a scenario: A 75 year old widow who spent nearly 60 years with the love of her life, and the last 15 missing him. The pain she must feel not having her love lying next to her each night, not having his strong hands to hold, or his lips to kiss could be unfathomable. There is not a single day that passes without his memory in her mind, imagine Valentine’s Day, brings some added weight to her sorrow.
This story is unfortunately not unique. Many seniors are widowed or living alone, and finding a special way to show them some extra love on Valentine’s Day can make a big difference.
Here are some ways you can fill a senior’s Valentine’s Day with extra love:
Flowers – have them delivered or deliver them yourself if you live nearby from local Florists and Nurseries:VanBelle Flowers,Bev’s Flowers,Floratechnics,Roses Flower Boutique,College Park Flowers,Mostert Greenhouses,Apple Blossom Flowers,Village Flower Shopand more!
A special treat is even sweeter when it’s shared – pick something up from a local bakery including:Coffee & Cakes,The Toasted Walnut,Brianna’s Sweet Treats,Krumbs Breadery,KCC Gourmet Catering,Village Bake Shop,Buddha Belly Bakery, and more!

If your loved one has old letters from the love of their life, dust them off and read them together.Get the kids involved – it’s always nice to have something homemade; you could also include a recent photo of young family members.Share a meal with conversation of stories of your loved and their memories of love.Simply be there – your time and presence can add happiness to a day that may have otherwise been lonely.

There are so many ways to bring happiness to hearts of seniors on Valentine’s Day; we would love to hear how you plan to spend Valentine’s Day and the ways you’ve found to brighten the day for your loved ones. Comment below!

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In these extraordinary times, we are committed to continuing to provide exceptional older adult programming, services and events to our members safely. We are an organization that’s always done things a little differently… although it might not be what was always done, we are thrilled to announce
our reopening plan for our gradual re-opening starting in the Fall of 2020. Our organization is implementing important new measures to safeguard our members, staff and volunteers in order to make participating at the BOAA enjoyable.

REOPENING THE FACILITY
Like many businesses and organizations, we’ve had to work incredibly fast with extreme flexibility to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 and to reflect ongoing government mandates. In response, on Monday September 14 th we will be safely reopening the doors to the BOAA with LIMITED ACCESS
available for members and guests. Pre-registration for indoor and outdoor programs and events is required.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING PRIOR TO ENTRY:
1. Stay home if you are sick
2. A signed admission checklist that includes a temperature check will be required
3. Masks are required at all times within the building
4. All participants must remain six feet apart when possible
5. Please wash your hands frequently
6. Maximum 50 persons inside the building (we will be starting with much less)
7. Please use hand sanitizer frequently
8. Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth
ADDITIONAL SAFETY MEASURES:
1. Updated Office Hours – Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm
2. Our team will be following social distancing protocols and our floors will have distancing guidelines
3. Our team will still be smiling (as always) but they’ll be wearing masks
4. We are encouraging the use of tap & chip debit or credit cards at this time
5. Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the building

We will continue to monitor the situation, doing our best to make the right decisions for our members, our team and our community. What is important for all to remember is that this will only be possible if we are COVID FREE and able to meet all Federal, Provincial, Regional & Municipal guidelines. Updates should always be expected and all planning is tentative.

We are honoured to be a part of your lives and look forward to our gradual reopening. Please follow us on our Facebook page to stay informed:  https://facebook.com/BowmanvilleOA 

If you require immediate assistance, please contact our emergency line 905-242-5585 or execdirector@bowmanvilleolderadults.com

Stay Informed & Stay Safe.🙏🙏

– Team BOAA

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