I’ll throw in a couple more: Working with this group of older adults each week has been a game changer! Here is an over 80s song list. Really wonderful blog post and comments! Heres a couple to add that I find appeal a lot to mostly UK related South Africans:-, Come to the Cabaret (The opening song from Cabaret ) And yes, “You Are My Sunshine” is a favorite amongst ALL populations, it seems :), A couple more! Recently I tuned to an old movie station that was showing Stand By Me after watching I went to You Tube for Ben E. King singing the song which I’ll mention to our director for inclusion. Golden Earings Because the ages of the residents in my group span so many years, I wanted to make sure there is a little something for everyone. Bill Bailey I am trying to have singing time during this lock in. True Love Hi Richard – my pleasure! Make the World Go Away From 1883, “There is a Tavern in the Town” is one of the favourites for seniors I play for. I have a Nursing Home Ministry Gteam and we sing at 6 different homes during each month. I find that finding a theme for each sing time makes it easier to narrow down the selection. Thanks for this helpful post. I’ve been singing with a senior choir for several years that visited in nursing homes and senior centers. This is the book + course that will help you shape your music therapy career in order to make more money and live your ideal lifestyle. Here’s a few more…, Ain’t She Sweet I am trying to get a singing group started for non musical adults that self quarantined in our condo in Palm Beach Shores, FL. G Scottish medley Hi Susan! I may also ask the resident why it was a good year. Now that I’ve shared my list with you, which songs would YOU add to it? Johnny Cash songs (Ring of Fire, Folsom Prison, Somebody Somewhere, etc) work good for me. Click here for a free inside look, including several useful downloads! Following the structure of the song can help increase a senior’s brain activity. clients support each other, feel connected and improves social awareness. “Bringing in a Brand New Year” by Charles Brown. I promise it's so good. How Deep Is Your Love C Alley Cat Song/Sentimental Journey (1962, 1944) Blessings to All who work with these lovely folk. I am always looking for new intervention ideas! When I provide services in senior living communities, love songs are often requested. Al Di La (english and italian). We have plenty of time due to Corona 19. I play for over 40 senior centers and communities and they really want to hear tunes they enjoyed during the 50’s and 60’s. Reading this site I have enlarged my portfolio of songs. The right music plays an important role in encouraging seniors to get more physical activity, which can help maintain independence and restore function lost due to injuries or illnesses. Yankee Doodle Boy Required fields are marked *, Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. When my wife and I perform at senior residences we mix in some instrumental numbers familiar to most…So, What’s New (Tijuana Brass), El Cumbanchero/Lady of Spain, Some of These Days (Sophie Tucker), Godfather Theme/Hava Nagila, Danny Boy. This is a fantastic site!! Oh how that would be wonderful…let me know when it’s ready…❤️, ROUTE 66 , IT HAD TO BE YOU , YOU BELONG TO ME, UNDER THE BOARDWALK, NEVERTHELESS, YOU’LL NEVER KNOW , SHAKE RATTLE & ROLL, WHOLE LOTTA SHAKIN, You are my sunshine I think you’re right to ask for ideas and get a variety. Edelweiss Little Nellie Kelly You’re nobody till somebody loves you Darktown Strutters Ball Rum and Coca Cola My Favorite 10 Songs to Sing with Older Adults: Autumn Leaves (Les Feuilles Muertes): lyrics by Johnny Mercer (english version) (1945) – An obvious, but versatile choice. Lets twist again I live in the west so stuff like ALong the Navajo Trail and other cowboy songs are favorites too. I will definitely be learning it! : ). C Red, Red Robin – Vocal (1926) Click the image below for this free resource and song collection! C Bye Bye Blues (1925) Asking her to engage, take deep breaths with me. It always amazes me when I am working with a stroke patient who we can’t understand when they try to talk due to aphasia, but will start singing perfectly when they hear a song from their past. some songs I use routinely are These are wonderful additions! I find this activity not only therapeutic for our audience but to me personally. I will let you know how these new songs go over. Hello Mary lou Thanks so much for your additions, Demeko!! We often talk as much as we sing. © 2008-2020, Rachel Rambach // Listen & Learn Music, {Mama Moment} Singing Our Way Through The Day, 30 Music Therapy Songs for Early Childhood. I fon’t yhink anyone has mentioned these tunes: Free Printable Songs for Preschool and Kindergarten The Wheels on the Bus Free printable lyrics for The Wheels on the Bus The Bear Went Over the Mountain Add actions when you sing this song Brown Squirrel An action rhyme celebrating squirrels A Camping We Will Go Free, printable traditional children's song … Youtube playlist Happy Songs Playlist. I sing alone with my guitar so I keep the songs very simple. I used to work with older adults twice a month, and though I could never do this work 5 days a week, I do miss those bi-weekly groups. LOVE all of these! What a great story, Rachel! This song is literally about graduation and especially with this year's seniors, Hannah Montana is right up our alley. Great additions. Mary Sue specializes in serving people living with dementia and is endorsed by leading dementia care educator Teepa Snow. Will definitely be adding to my list! Linda, this is such an important point! It adds another genre to the mix, encouraging conversation and engagement between seniors and their families. Thanks so much, Shannon!! Keep right on till the end of the Road A little help from my Friends, And the second world war songs from the UK. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. Heart of my Heart Below is a list of classic happy songs. Music Quiz Coronavirus: Covid-19 International Music Day World Music Day 19159 59. The Band Played On Yes, how could I forget “You Are My Sunshine” :) And I hadn’t heard “Leaning on a Lamp Post” but just listened — what a fun song. Contact . Girlfriend of the Whirling Dervish They are a lovely bunch of people, as is the staff at the senior living center. It was music of their parents generation that they likely grew up listening to. Thanks for your work! Go to Pinterest and search for action songs and you get tons of fun things for children. Red Roses for a Blue Lady Anything by Elvis but ‘Cant Help Falling In Love’ is just brilliant Chasing the years of my life . However, that’s why it works well to deliver customized music to each individual. Today’s post is on inspirational songs: songs that motivate us into action, that remind us about the beauty of life, that remind us of our true worth and potential, and that lift us up when we’re down. Returning to the population that drew me to music therapy seemed like the perfect way to recharge my batteries. Que Sera, Sera and Oh What A Beautiful Morning are two of my favorites! They do it in NY every evening but this New Jersey. C The World is Waiting For The Sunrise (1916) – Moon River The song guessing game is one that we also use. By choosing appropriate mu… I’m glad to see that’s actually recommended. You’re welcome, Kendyl! It sounds like your musical group is wonderfully beneficial to all involved, and I would love to hear more of the songs included in your repertoire. Don’t Get Around Much Anymore So that’s a great set of songs to use in order to play it safe to reach a wider audience. I was at an event at a Senior Home yesterday, and thought of the Nickolodean Song. It has been a wonderful experience so far! Emerging evidence shows that music-based interventions may have a protective effect on the brain in people with dementia. I Hope you Dance Deep in the Heart of Texas has a great rhythmic component. My wife and I have been performing music together (banjo and accordion) in retirement & nursing homes for over 40 years. Maria Tonight and I Feel Pretty from West Side Story, Besame Mucho All the songs below can be found in this happy youtube playlist. I’ve been talking to her between songs. Great song list. lots of good songs here. I sing with a group that goes to nursing homes in a small town outside of Dallas, Tx. Rihanna is my queen, I love her with my entire heart. I perform regularly at long term care, retirement homes and adult day care and Alzheimer programs. When You’re Smiling Not sure if I saw, Back in the Saddle Again, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy mentioned, or White cliffs of Dover. Green Eyes Speaking of songs for music therapists, members of Listen & Learn Plus have instant access to my vast collection of over 200 songs (mp3, lead sheet, and instrumental track), videos, tutorials, and visual aides, plus ALL new releases from Listen & Learn Music. This makes me smile! Where can I get colorful sheer scarves like those? Thank you so much for the wonderful additions, Shirley! Looking forward to sharing more resources with you via the website, as well. Extremely helpful. My seniors choir has aikso enjoyed Sixteen Tons, Your Cheatin’ Heart, If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie, Let There Be Peace on Earth, God Bless America. Wind Beneath My Wings We accidentally discovered the fun of talking about the songs. Article by Katie @ preschoolinspirations.com. I have found that the Seniors enjoy gospel songs that they remember. Somewhere over the rainbow Although I’ve been working to lessen my direct service load, I’ve also felt that there was something missing from my professional life. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Songs for Seniors Quiz. ❤️. }); Little Grass Shack King and Billy Ward co-wrote this track. When the Saints Go Marching In Don’t Fence Me In 4 – Focus on a genre such as “Broadway Musicals” talk about what ones they’ve seen, pick a particular composer……or subject matter (lullabyes for mothers’ day, etc.) If you need a little more motivation, besides checking out this motivation advice, turning up some of the following music is perfect!. Initially, I was a little overwhelmed and not sure where to start, but as soon as I began gathering music, the process unfolded very naturally. We’ve got something for every generation, starting with the 1930s for those who are 90 years old and going all the way to the songs … “The M.T.A. Thanks so much for this amazing list, James!! Alice the Camel Alive Alert Awake Alligator Alouette An Old Austrian Auntie Monica A Pizza Hut A Ram Sam Sam At A Time Like This Baby Bumble Bee Beaver Song Big Buffalo Birdie Song, The Boogie Woogie Washer Woman Bubblegum Song (Bazooka Bubblegum Song… Thanks for sharing your link and input…yes, the more ideas, the better! Thank you so much for your contribution to this collaborative resource! During holidays we sing songs they remember. Old Cape Cod I love this time of year and have been collecting various “Fall Time” songs to use with groups since I was an undergrad years ago. * Stormy Weather – Lena Horne My heart was with older adults, after witnessing the power of music with my grandma, who had Alzheimer’s Disease. What a wonderful world Mary is a Grand Old Name Oh you beautiful doll I’m so happy to have found this discussion!!! My experiences working in memory care, especially for patients in their 90’s is that music from the 1920s and 1930s does have a powerful effect. There’s also the seasonal songs, like “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee and “Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms. Thank you, Wayne! She’ll be coming around the mountain when she comes My husband has Alzheimer’s and was born in 1948 but so many people assume people in memory care facilities want music from his parents era. These are sure to be a winner! Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Long Ago And Far Away Some of those songs mentioned are in our groups’repertoire and would be happy to suggest some of those in the list. Sing alongs are great entertainment for seniors and are one of the best activities for dementia patients. Wayfaring Stranger Sing along songs for seniors can be some of the best nursing home music or group activity. There’s something for every generation, starting with the 1930s for those who are 90 years old and going all the way to the songs 60 year olds will remember from their youth. These allow me to do harmony vocals and play over the top of repeating chord progressions. When I find a song, I create a PDF and then put it in my iPad app, Gigbook, for use in sessions. F Some of These Days (1910) – Getting to Know You https://www.goldencarers.com/free-music-playlists-for-the-elderly/4298 One group of songs we enjoy that I haven’t seen mentioned is the Andrae Crouch songs from the 70’s and 80’s, like Soon and Very Soon, I Don’t Know Why Jesus Loved Me, and Bless the Lord. You’re welcome! “Stardust” is also very popular. 101 Songs You Know By Heart - Karaoke DVD + CD We know this is a favourite because Activity Coordinators in care homes tell us how much residents enjoy listening to their favourite tunes. A live or recorded version of Grand Old Flag for movement activity. F Granada (1932) I ask a lot of questions and call on individuals – I NEVER pass out song sheets. My mom also perks up for Dionne Warwick songs, like “I Say A little Prayer” and “Do You Know The Way To San Jose”. I had already used many of the songs you and your readers suggest, but you’ve given me so many more ideas. – Stephen Fite I’m for ever blowing bubbles Battle Hymm of Republic Good Evening Rachel, Hi Sara, we’re on the same page! Some others: -Red River Valley * That’s Amore – Dean Martin. Known as the centerpiece of the musical film of the same name, … So as someone who is new to the world of music therapy with older adults, I thought it might be helpful for others in my shoes to share the songs I’ve been singing with this group. Pretty Baby Thank you, Patty! Thank you so much for your expert feedback, Georgina, and for sharing the link! Love some of the ideas but will need to type up the words. Leaning on a lamp post. One thing I especially like is the option to change the key into one I can play and sing. HAVE DONE ABOUT 250 SING A LONGS AT ADULT CARE PLACES . I’m using my skills in a way I haven’t been able to when working with children, and I’ve had the opportunity to grow my repertoire for older adults. Volare Thank You, Kathy Cole. Surprisingly, no! So seriously, please give it a chance. On Top of Old Smokey It’s interesting to read how music educators chose songs for the book. Performed in a key and at a pace Seniors can follow. Edelweiss, Thanks for setting up this thread. Songs for the elderly - singing entertainment for elderly people in care homes, nursing homes or other settings. Cm El Cumbanchero/Lady of Spain (1946, 1931). Harrigan Thank you for all the great selections! My top 30 from the collection (in alphabetical order, including the composer and/or artist who made it famous) is as follows. You’re welcome, Nancy! 4. See also: Action Songs for Young Children. The sea is high. Kindergarten Music Preschool Music Teaching Music Teaching Reading Silly Songs Fun Songs Kids Songs Action Songs … It includes lyrics to over 80 popular songs from yesteryear to enjoy in a sing-along. https://listenlearnmusic.com/30-songs-older-adults-music-therapy 7 – “Roll out the Barrel” – “If you had “a barrel of fun” what would be in it? I’ve tried to break up the monotony by singing some songs like: Que Sera, Good Old Summertime , 5 foot 2 and others. – Anything patriotic (America the Beautiful, My Country Tis of thee). (we vary the question based upon the resident’s ability to answer) I then check to see if I have a song in my collection (i’ve got it indexed by year) from that year. As much as I love hearing (and playing) the hottest tracks of today, there’s a timeless element to the classic songs that came out in the 1950s & ’60s that a lot of modern music lacks. My first practicum experience in a nursing home during graduate school only further solidified my plans. Christmas is my ALL TIME FAVORITE! I know some times my residents tell me they get sick of singing the same things over and over. Hi Cheryl – unfortunately, I don’t have them in a book, just a variety of chord sheets and lead sheets that I’ve either found in books or online. Im glad you picked some music that was NOT from the 1920s and 1930s! I always wondered if people outside of Texas sing Deep in the Heart of Texas! Song” Kingston Trio. It isn’t that action or movement needs to be a necessary part of sessions. Give My Regard to Broadway * Night and Day – Frank Sinatra Hi, YES! C Lara’s Theme (1965) If I Only had a Brain, heart , courage From Wizard of Oz Shakers and scarves are our go-to instruments and props since we have stocked up on enough to serve these big groups, but sometimes we’ll also use a small stretchy band and go from person to person, giving each a turn with it (opposite the therapist). Would like to ask…what do you do when senior is highly agitated in the group?? For those in senior living you get ____ (insert the sound of crickets). The Naughty Lady on Shady Lane Patriotic songs during national holidays like God Bless America. How can I purchase 30 Songs – Singing With Older Adults? I will definitely check that out, and look forward to adding additional songs to my repertoire :), I utilize music with severe mental illness in groups and 1:1. 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. ❤️❤️. Sentimental Journey I haven’t heard of “When I’m Cleaning Windows”, so I will check that one out :) Take care! I’ve just started singing for seniors and have found dozens and dozens of great songs here. 10 of the best movement and action songs! We have plenty of space to spread out, balconies, etc. -Let Me Call You Sweetheart A 1961 cover of a holiday blues song, B.B. One more I forgot to mention that is one of my go to songs, Oh Susanna. Sit Right Down & Write Myself a Letter Thank you, Chantal — will definitely add this to my list. – Beer Barrel Polka Thank you for your advice. Margie 3 – Pick a number between 1 and …. ‘As Time Goes By’ ( from Casablanca ) I’m surprised it’s not already on the list! Thanks so much, Jess! 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