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Dr Gary Chapman, author of Five Languages of Love, shares his theory on the five ways we as humans demonstrate love: Words of affirmation; quality time; physical touch; acts of service; and receiving and giving gifts. In all honesty, most people express love in all of the five.

 

Love, especially as Seniors, requires adaptability, selflessness, and copious quantities of imagination. When relationships take a turn and one becomes a caregiver, the past and future are not as important as the present. Birthdays, anniversaries, special events, each day…  all need to be celebrated. A daily statement of love fills the heart. Intimacy is so important in a loving relationship. If there are physical complications try simply holding hands giving a warm hug or stealing a smooch as an opportunity arises. Above all, be kind to each other.

 

Midwest Neurological Group suggests “surprising” a partner. Bring flowers, dance in the living room, have dinner by candlelight. Think outside the box and break away from routine. Continue to communicate with each other, even if only giving a teasing look or smiling at a secret joke. Remember to encourage partners to grow as individuals. Kahlil Gibran suggests to “leave space between each other.” Keep your relationship interesting and communicate likes and dislikes. Make each other feel they are important.

 

“A good marriage is one where each partner secretly suspects they got the better deal.” —Unknown.

How true this is.

 

Bridge to Better Living believes in love. Quite often clients are married couples. Needs and wants are unique with each spouse but goals are quite clear. Couples wish to remain in a relationship when considering Senior Living options. Bridge to Better Living assists in finding the most appropriate Independent, Assisted Living, Memory Care or Long-Term care in these scenarios. Perhaps there is a Senior Community with a continuum. Contact Bridge to Better Living and discover yet another way to honor your love for each other.