Music can trigger long forgotten memories and reduce anxiety. Music has been proven to promote better health and a higher level of functioning.
Here's a fun finish the melodies quiz with songs from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. If clients cannot guess them, reveal the names of songs and singers. A lovely reminiscing activity for seniors.
A Drum Circle, as the name suggests, is a circle of people, each with a drum or another percussion instrument and one facilitator.
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.
Match these well known songs to the films they were featured in. A fun reminiscing activity for seniors who will remember many of these much loved movies.
The next installment in our baby boomer song quiz! A lovely reminiscing activity.
This game is like musical chairs, but creative. It can be adapted for all fitness levels. Tell each participant to start drawing and when the music stops they give the picture to the person next to them. Continue to play music, change and draw until everyone has their original drawing back. Admire the strange masterpieces you have all created together. It makes for a lot of laughter.
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Everyone responds instinctively to music. A person’s ability to engage in music often remains intact far into the advanced stages of dementia. Music triggers certain networks of the brain that benefit people suffering from difficulties with language, cognition, or motor control.
Depending on the age group, and of course personality traits, few have said they find them quite juvenile, and others love it and try to complete them... and are pleasantly surprised at , after all these years, how much they have retained!
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Nursery Rhymes from the 1930s to Sing, Discuss & Reminisce about.
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Nursery Rhymes are a good topic for conversation and reminiscing for people with dementia. Take your time when doing this quiz and encourage clients to sing and share memories.
Music has been proven to be very beneficial for the elderly in long term care, particularly those living with dementia or Alzheimer's Disease. Here are some wonderful free playlists of famous songs from the 40s, 50s & 60s!
Here is a list of songs I have started to compile for the Olympics....feel free to add more for me.
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Music is an activity intrinsic to most cultures of the world. The benefits of listening to music can include improving memory, relaxing the mind, focusing attention, and healing the body.
Here is the over 80s song quiz that was requested.
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Name a song with a girls name in the lyrics
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Sing the next line of these songs... This quiz includes prompts for a reminiscing session.
In the United States, there have been some events and happenings that are etched in people's long term memory.
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Musical Bingo improves recall and provides opportunities to reminisce. It is also an enjoyable and sociable game. This game was created by a Music Therapist I worked with and it was very popular in our Dementia Care Unit. If you don't have time to put the game together, ask a volunteer to help you. All you need is a computer, a printer and a laminator. This activity includes downloadable song cards and calling cards.
Last month I began this course on the net, now I have a repertoire of 20 songs that we have fun singing!
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At our Day Centre we recently celebrated a milestone birthday of 90 years young. I came across this version of 'MY FAVOURITE THINGS' that Julie Andrews sang when she turned 70 years old.
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This idea is a great sing-along game to use any time of the year and a good Happy Hour activity. Thank you Joanne!
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Singing is a favourite activity for many people and if movements are added with the hands and arms then singing can also become a gentle exercise actitvity.
If you have participants from the referred countries, encourage them to help out and perhaps to sing one verse in their native language.
This activity is suitable for almost anybody and is lots of fun!
For facilities that have people from a cultural and linguistic diverse background (CALD) it is a good idea to make a 'Radio Guide' with musical and talk-shows programs to suit each individual.
These easy percussion instruments will reward you with a happy and very noisy sing-a-long! Remind participants how important percussion instruments are for mankind; indeed every culture has some sort of percussion instrument.
Have fun singing this well known song backwards!
Memory recall and reminiscing
Promote alertness and sensory stimulation