Listening to music is a wonderful activity to enjoy with seniors in nursing homes. It leads to reminiscing and can significantly improve the well-being of individuals. Here are some ideas to help appreciate the significance that music has on our lives.
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International Music Day was initiated on October 1 in 1975 by Lord Yehudi Menuhin to encourage the promotion of music.

Here are some ideas to help appreciate the significance that music has on our lives.

Listen to songs from other lands

Gather a group of clients and talk about music from other lands. Find out what they know and what they like about foreign music.


Brazil
Terra Samba song: Liberar Geral
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IueMB0mecLc


Cuba
Buena Vista Social Club song: Candela
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DE3CTcGqCs


Mexico
Helmut Lotti song: La Adelita
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rtsaUjbpE4


Paraguay
Paraguayan Harp Duet song: Bell Bird
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrdI9g2dMkQ


Congo
Orchestra Veve song: Nakomitunaka
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zCH0UNK4dI


Algeria
Cheb Khaled song; Aïcha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvK19xgAxSU


Watch on the big screen

Music and dancing are a brilliant combination. Use a large TV and a good sound speaker. Many of the following films are known to most people. I have made available the links so you save time looking for suitable material, however change to different films if you wish.

Money (Cabaret)
Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley)
Cheek to Cheek (Top Hat) Time Warp (The Rocky Horror Picture Show)
Summer Nights (Grease) Step in Time (Mary Poppins)
More then a Woman (Saturday Night Fever) Time of my Life (Dirty Dancing)

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