Seniors on Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is here and the love is being felt around the world.

Even though we celebrate love everyday, today is a day we truly get to demonstrate it in a grandeur matter.

Fun Fact: Approximately 150 million Valentine’s Day cards are exchanged annually, making Valentine’s Day the second most popular card-sending holiday after Christmas.

At Art of Care, Inc love is a huge contributor in our healthy living lifestyles. Many of our senior patients embrace the love they have for their spouse and family and do not take it for granted.

The history of Valentine’s day started as a pagan festival in February. While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat’s hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city’s bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

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At Art of Care, Inc we like to spread the love to our clinicians and to our patients.

Below are some great ideas to celebrate the holiday for our seniors:

Printable Valentine’s Day Games
Arts and Crafts (card making, cut outs, collages)
Party with Valentine’s Day food and decor
Massage Party

We wish you all a love-filled, magical, memorable, and healthy Valentine’s Day.

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