Kissing it Better

How to start a conversation in February

February 2020

The Weather

It’s always a great conversation starter at this time of year. In warm hospital wards and care homes, the freezing winter temperatures seem remote. Conversations about the weather help people with dementia connect to the outside world and the time of year. Ask about memories of winter. What was it like before central heating?

 Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a great opportunity to remember those embarrassing moments when you didn’t get the card you’d hoped for (or any card at all!).

Pancake Day

Can you toss a pancake? Does anyone know the story of pancakes? (Traditionally, Shrove Tuesday was the last opportunity to use up eggs and fats before embarking on the Lent fast)

 Spring Flowers: Snowdrops and crocuses appear at this time of year, giving hope that spring may be just round the corner. Take in a posy to cheer someone’s day.

Oscars and BAFTAs: This month, the papers are full of pictures of glamorous film stars as the TV and movie industries gear up for awards season. It’s a great opener to start a conversation about favourite films and favourite film stars.