Romance is important at any age, but for mature couples it can be particularly important in keeping the spark alive and helping to maintain intimacy. Being an older adult doesn’t mean you should take your spouse or partner for granted. This year, you can make Valentine’s Day special and remind your special person how much they mean to you. For ideas on how to keep a relationship vibrant and why romance is important for older couples, read on.
The classic gift for Valentine’s Day, Valentine’s day flowers are Cupid’s very favorite way of helping to say ‘I love you.’ Finding a local florist to assemble the perfect bouquet will go a long way in reminding your sweetheart you care. Whether her favorite flowers are tulips, lilies, or the classic red roses, this token of love will set the mood for a romantic holiday.
For seniors or older adults who have trouble getting out of the house in the winter, many florists offer Valentine’s Day flower delivery. This service is available with most florists in the United States. To be sure, call ahead. While you’re checking, ask about bouquet options such as vases, baskets and other add on items that will make your gift stand out. Consider, too, farm fresh bouquets and local florists who care for the community in environmentally friendly ways.
Keeping the Spark Alive
Older people or those who are in a mature relationship can have just as vibrant a sex life as younger couples can. In fact, older people can keep things alive in the bedroom with a little work. While these couples may face challenges with sex drive, sexual function, and lovemaking logistics, there are medications for sexual problems like erectile dysfunction and sexual desire. Seniors are more than capable of keeping happy and healthy sex lives if they put the time and energy into them. Just like sending the right bouquet with the best flowers on Valentine’s Day, a little planning ahead and considering things like lubricant for older women, seeking sex advice for older couples, and more will make a big difference to your having a good sex life regardless of age. With a little work, you can keep an active sex life during your golden years. Sexual activity is important to the overall health and happiness of seniors.
Why does it matter?
Overall happiness in relationships often goes hand in hand with a romantic element. Regardless of age, human beings crave intimacy. Being made to feel special has actually been proven to help with mental wellness and a sense of connectedness. Research shows that people in happy relationships live longer than those who feel alone. That is, romantic relationships that include affection and where partners consistently look for new ways to show love, can add years to your life. A healthy sex life in the later years has many benefits: the reduction of the risk of prostate cancer, decreased blood pressure, overall stress release, minimizing incontinence, helping with sleep patterns, and more.
How to nurture a mature relationship.
While the benefits to romance at an older age seem obvious, maintaining that relationship can be more tricky. Open communication, learning how to fight fairly, remembering to play and flirt, staying physically connected and accepting the limitations of aging can all be key in nurturing an older relationship. Whether it’s paying attention to special lovers’ days like Valentine’s Day, or making time for date nights and holding hands, couples in their golden years are just as capable or more than young adults looking to maintain the spark in their relationships. Relationships are a marathon, not a sprint. And one of the most romantic things of all is being together at the finish line. Take care to nurture your relationship and the benefits will be worth it.