The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #143037   Message #3300484
Posted By: Genie
01-Feb-12 - 04:03 PM
Thread Name: Entertaining dementia patients
Subject: RE: Entertaining dementia patients
Actually, I'm already getting requests for Beatles's songs, John Denver, Peter Paul & Mary, Kingston Trio, Vince Gill, Kenny Rogers, Ray Charles, etc., in some nursing homes and especially in assisted living communities.


As to doing songs "from their youth" or "their era," it's important to remember two points:
1.   What's important is when the songs were popular (or when the residents would have learned them), not necessarily when the songs were written or first recorded.

E.g., many "cowboy" songs and "golden oldies" that were written in the 19th C. became popular in the US and elsewhere in the 1930s, '40s, and '50s.   (Home On The Range, Red River Valley, O Susannah, Swanee River, and some popular hymns fall into this category.)

2. Often it's the songs that were popular in these residents' PARENTS' youth that they remember best. That's because they heard and absorbed these songs as young children.

E.g., "Take Me Out To The Ball Game," "Bill Bailey," "Daisy Bell," and "Shine On, Harvest Moon" were all written and popularized before 1910 but well known by people who were born between 1930 and 1960.