Date Night for SeniorsAugust 31, 2022
When one thinks of senior couples, they often imagine two elderly individuals sitting on the couch with one another, simply enjoying each other’s presence. While senior couples will certainly have days such as these, many still want to go out to enjoy their love, even if they’ve been married 50 years. On the other side, of the spectrum, some seniors are in the throes of new love!
Date night for seniors can be just as fun as it was 30, 40 years ago. That being said, it is all too easy to fall into a rut when it comes to date ideas. You stick to the same ideas because you know it’s how you enjoy spending time together, but doing the “same old” ideas can get tiresome.
If you and your loved one are looking for some fun new date ideas, consider these great options for seniors.
Food and drink tastings are different than going to your favorite restaurant. During these experiences, you sample cuisine you otherwise would not have had the chance to. In a city like Chicago, food tasting events happen all year round. There are even guided tours that sample some of the best bites the city has to offer.
Food tasting can be as formal, or informal, as you’d like. You and your loved one could take a class, or you could simply go to a restaurant to sample plates.
Attend a local concert
There isn’t a single person who doesn’t love music. Luckily, there are free, outdoor concerts happening in parks across the city all summer long. Hop on the internet and find out what events are happening near you, and head out for a night of live music. You could even pack a small picnic to make the event even more special.
If you’re willing to spend a little money on your date night, attend a concert by your favorite band. Plenty of musicians from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s are still touring to this day.
Visit an art gallery
In a city so rich in art and culture, you have a great deal of options for visiting an art gallery. Chances are, there is a small gallery in your area for you and a loved one to attend. However, if you wanted to make a day of it, you could attend one of the larger art museums downtown.
Many galleries offer reduced or free entry to seniors, so be sure to look into that ahead of time. Consider ending the date with a meal, so you can discuss all the beautiful, thought-provoking art you’ve witnessed.
Attend a class
You are never too old to learn something new—and what better way is there to learn something new than alongside a loved one? Discuss what it is you’re both interested in—be it art, dance, or cooking classes—and sign yourselves up for a session. Even if you don’t end up enjoying it as much as you thought, it will still be a fun, shared memory.
The best thing about attending a class is that you could make a regular date night of it. Continue honing your skills together by signing up for monthly, or weekly, classes.
Go on a stargazing picnic
Stars are notoriously romantic. Enjoy the fresh, cool night air and take your loved one outside for a stargazing picnic. There are a few things you’ll have to consider for this date, however. Make sure you head out on a clear night to a location with limited light pollution. Prepare a few finger-food options for the two of you to enjoy, and set the mood with some candles.
If you’d rather not set up a picnic at night, consider heading to a planetarium to enjoy the stars. The Adler Planetarium offers free entry on Wednesdays from 4 to 10 pm. This is a great option, as it gets you out of the house during the week.
Take a trip to a local farm
As summer gives way to fall, it’s the perfect time to head to a local farm. Pick your own fruits and vegetables together, then take your produce home and make a fresh meal out of it. If you or your loved one is an animal lover, you can visit some of the farm life.
In the fall, many farms will start offering cider, donuts, and other fun that comes with pumpkin patches. This could be a fun idea to enjoy all the splendors that come with autumn together.
Recreate your first date
Not all couples can trace back whatever their first date was, but if you can, consider recreating your first date. Chances are, you won’t be able to recreate the date to a “t,” as you may have moved or a restaurant may have closed, but do it to the best of your ability. For instance, if your first date was at a diner, go to a diner. If it was a picnic in a park, have a picnic.
This would be an especially fun date night idea for an anniversary. Spend the day reminiscing about all the life and love you have shared over the years. It doesn’t matter if your date isn’t lavish– what matters most is the quality time spent together.
Home caregivers can help with date-night
If you want to make the date night special, but things are more difficult than they once were, an in-home caregiver can help. Your caregiver can run to the grocery store to pick up whatever items you need for your picnic. If you struggle with some aspects of personal care, such as grooming or dressing, your caregiver can help you look good so you can focus on having a great time.
The caregivers at Home Care Powered by AUAF are highly trained and do everything in their power to ensure you live comfortably and confidently. For more information on our services, call us at 773-274-9262.
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