Tip: If you work in a culturally diverse facility it would be advisable to choose some songs your residents can identify with such as 'Volare', 'Santa Lucia', 'Amapola', 'Hava-Nagila' and, 'Never on Sundays' or any other famous international songs we all know. The lyrics may not be known but everybody can hum along. Believe me, it is a lot of fun humming or la-la-la-ing along to 'Hava-Nagila'!
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A music themed word search for the elderly.
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.
Without music life would be a mistake...Friedrich Nietzsche
1960s! Match the song titles with the artist or band that performed them.
1950s! Match the song titles with the artist or band that performed them.
Match the song titles with the artist or band that performed them.
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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In the United States, there have been some events and happenings that are etched in people's long term memory.
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A word search featuring the names of famous Broadway Musicals.
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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Sing the next line of these songs... This quiz includes prompts for a reminiscing session.
Match these famous songs of yesteryear with the correct singers!
It helps to either know the opening lines of the song, or the tune.
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Do you have any Elvis aficionados at your facility? Challenge them to sing another line of these songs.
Sing the next line of these songs!
Here is an over 80s song list. It includes lyrics to over 80 popular songs from yesteryear to enjoy in a sing-along. Sing the first line, and then ask residents to sing the next line!
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Baby-boomers will love this one! Reminisce about boyfriends or husbands at the time, fashion, hair styles, popular movies and food.
Hi! I thought I’d share a fun musical activity to use with songwriting.
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There are few things that unify people more than music. Whether you enjoy playing, listening, singing or dancing, take this opportunity to get to know new rhythms, melodies and instruments from people around the world and to listen to songs you haven't heard in a long time.
Here is a fun music quiz of 20+ popular songs with weather conditions mentioned in the song titles.
These songs were famous in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Get acquainted with the songs to give clues and help out with the singing!