Showing the Love with Song and Dance

by Sara Morris, Senior Advocate, Department of Human Resources

Valentine’s Day is a day to celebrate your love for one another. This year, EngAGE took the opportunity to celebrate our love for our elders. In partnership with Henrico County Recreation and Parks, Anthem Inc., JenCare and Bremo Pharmacy, EngAGE hosted a Valentine’s Day Celebration at the Eastern Henrico Recreation Center on Friday, February 14. It was a sold-out event with almost 50 older adults in attendance! In addition to the games, line dancing, and music, there was also a presentation on Heart Health to celebrate February being American Heart Health month. Everyone had a blast!

One of the most important things gained from relationships with older adults is their advice, garnered from their years of experience. As part of the event, EngAGE asked attendees of the event to share their advice for love and life. Below are some of their responses and they did not disappoint: 

Deborah says, “Put God first.”

Dee says, “Be happy every day!”

Dorothy says, “Be kind to all!”

Gladys says, “Show love and kindness to everyone!”

Gloria M. says, “Always tell your family and friends that you love them!”

Gloria R. says, “Respect yourself and love God!”

Hazel says, “Respect”

Sandra A. says, “Always put God first and be true to yourself!”

Sandra W. says, “Don’t judge a person until you have walked in their shoes!”

Sheila says, “Love and forgive with lots of kisses!”

Shirley says, “Always be kind to one another!”

EngAGE plans to host many more social events and to continue celebrating Henrico‘s older adult residents. Since this event was incredibly popular and sold out two weeks ahead of time, they will be looking for larger venues too. “We want to continue to celebrate together!” 

 “Grow old with me! The best is yet to be.” – Robert Browning, Poet