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'!
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.
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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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.