Boston seniors celebrate Valentine's Day

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day, and the holiday of love isn’t just for the young. The Boston Globe newspaper recently profiled two senior couples who have found love while living in their Boston-area communities.

The first couple, Bob Mizzy, age 89, and his fiancée, 90 year-old Nancy Johnson, met seven years ago, and Mizzy proposed to Johnson in 2009. According to the newspaper, it was love at first sight when Mizzy first met Johnson at a bingo event.

“I looked over and said, ‘That’s a nice looking young lady,” John Mizzy told the newspaper.

The other couple, John Richard Larkin, age 85, and 90 year-old Leah Havener-Larkin, live together at the Golden Living Center assisted living community in Gloucester, Massachusetts. They met nine years ago, and were married in 2004.

The Golden Living Center hosted a Valentine’s Day party yesterday, and their activities director Linda Koby told the news outlet that Valentine’s Day celebrates all kinds of love, including from spouses, friends, children, and even pets, not just spouses. The festivities included a couple trivia game, plenty of candies and sweets, Valentine’s Day arts and crafts, and couples even had the option of sitting at private tables with rose pedals and candles.