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RAO 12th Jul 2017 Recreational Activities Officer
I have bought John McSweeney in Concert 102 Songs you know by heart Volume 1 & 2.
The residents love them and sing a long. Everyone knows the words and each DVD goes for about 90 mins. Best fun ever!!!
Aubree 31st Jan 2017 Recreation Therapist

Can anyone recommend other Sing Along CD's that would be beneficial for dementia residents?

I looked up Vera Lynn and I think her songs are too slow. I also looked up Toni Almond, but came up with nothing. Maybe the spelling is wrong?

Thank you in advance!


Solange 31st Jan 2017 Diversional Therapist
Hi Aubree, there is so much mood enhancing music out there, but it is not always easy to find. I would try the Big Bands of the 1930s and 1940s. The Tango, Swing and Salsa music often inspire movement and dancing. Also, take the average age of your clients and look at the Top 40 hit parade from when they were 20 or 25. Here is a small list from the 1950s:

- Delicado - Percy Faith and his Orchestra
- Diana - Paul Anka
- Leroy - Jack Scott
- This Old House - Stuart Hamblen
- She Say - The Diamonds

Of course soothing music for agitation management is important. Try lullabies, religious Hymns, and soft classical music. Best wishes
Aubree 1st Feb 2017 Recreation Therapist
Thank you Solange!

I will do exactly that!
I appreciate the fast response!

Nicola 16th Jul 2018
There's a fantastic piano singalong karaoke disc on Amazon and its worth looking at their pub singalong discs too lots of familiar songs
pauline 21st Jun 2016 lifestyle coordinator
There are some great singalong cd's that you can purchase such as Max bygraves singalong the war years ,Vera lynn and Toni almond they come with there own song book . I download lyrics to mixed cds like crooners and we singalong with the cd . Dvd singalongs are great too such as golden memories and some karaoke ones .
jean 18th Feb 2015 activities officer
does anyone have the words to these songs ?? thanks Jean.
jean 18th Feb 2015 activities officer
does anyone have the words for some old time song for sing along
Maria 2nd Mar 2014
yes!...great idea I never like the "babysitting" culture that we can spot everywhere...I rather motivate "Inspire Me" with meaningful activities. Please give me ideas for only high care residents. Only three can sing or whisper melodies.
Great site.
sarah 10th Dec 2010 Recreation Coordinator
hey guys was wondering how i go about setting up my own little music theropy group. any ideas would be greatful :)
Solange 2nd Jul 2009 Diversional Therapist
I agree Lauretta, the smaller the group the better!
Lauretta 1st Jul 2009
This is so simple but a really good idea for any therapsist working with high care and attempting small group therapy. There is a need for therapists to be encouraged to do small groups rather than be expected to look after larger groups which often ends up just "babysitting"