Nursing Home Holds Sweetheart Dance for Senior Residents

The seniors at one nursing home had a ball Sunday night. The nursing home holds the annual Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dance, complete with a singer and dance floor for residents and their families. The residents and guests were served filet minon on tables topped with red tablecloths and candy hearts.

A local dance group whose members are 55 years old or older danced at the event. A former member of that group,  now resident of the home said the Sweetheart Dance was a good experience for the residents who don’t normally participate in activities.

“A lot of the residents go to sleep at 6 p.m., but they’re staying up late tonight,” she said. Another resident, who was joined by her son and his wife, said she was having a great Valentine’s Day.

In the time leading up to the event, residents voted for a king and queen of the dance. The winners, who were voted for independently of each other, happened to be husband and wife. The couple looked at each other with excitement when their names were announced. They were crowned, draped with capes, and led to two yellow thrones. The "king" sang along with the singer at the event, as he serenaded them with love songs.

Their daughter, shared a dance with her father. She said it was “extremely touching” that her parents, who have a wedding anniversary coming up in just a few weeks, were voted king and queen.The couple has been married nearly 70 years. For more, read the story.


Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.