My first practicum experience in a nursing home during graduate school only further solidified my plans. But as I gained more experience working with children, I had a change of heart. Helping them achieve their goals through music is what brought me the most joy, so I pursued an internship that served mainly children. From that point on, it was clear that I had found my dream population. Fast forward a little over 10 years to this past December, when my private practice was contacted by a memory care center in a nearby city. They wanted to offer music therapy services to their residents as soon as possible, and I surprised myself by offering to personally take on the contract for the time being. Returning to the population that drew me to music therapy seemed like the perfect way to recharge my batteries. Working with this group of older adults each week has been a game changer!
Music reaches those with Alzheimer’s or dementia
Updated: Jul 23, Music and memory are inextricably linked - just as our favorite films have iconic soundtracks, so do many of us have a soundtrack to the recollection of our own lives. Music can serve as an energizer, a conversation starter, a love letter, or a safe space to let our hair down and cry. In working with older adults as a music therapist, in both individual and group settings, I have seen the power of music to bring back speech that was thought lost , increase engagement and connection, and bring a smile to faces that are frequently flat. While the music I use changes from week to week, I have a solid repertoire of songs that I use over and over due to their efficacy and connection to my clients. While my list is influenced by my geographical area working in the South, Appalachia in particular, I use more country and bluegrass than some other music therapists , I try to choose songs that are simple, familiar, and evocative. When the Saints Go Marching In.
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Skip to main content Skip to footer site map. Latest Headlines View More Articles. Songs to sing at a Nursing Home. I plan on performing a solo concert at a Nursing Home in a few weeks, and I have compiled a list of 64 possibilities for songs. The songs should be VERY familiar to the elderly patients, so the more popular among older folks, the better. Please help me choose songs to sing at the concert, or if you have any suggestions other than what's listed, please feel free to offer them. Note that I am a year-old baritone. Thank you! Sometimes we actually talk about theater No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit.
Here is a mixture of songs for seniors aged 60 to over 90 years: Tap the title to listen to the music. Written by Irving Berlin in The song was composed in as a last-minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy. This song is a rock-and-roll standard written and first recorded by Carl Perkins in Elvis Presley performed his version of the song three different times on national television. A song recorded by American duo the Carpenters for their second studio album Close to You The song was one of the first recorded by Frank Sinatra when he transferred to Capitol Records in It was arranged by Ralph Carmichael.