If you’re planning a New Year’s Eve party and an elderly relative or other senior loved one will be attending, make sure to play some songs that hark back to previous decades. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of elder care Fort Myers seniors rely on, has a few suggestions to add to the playlist and create a fun and healthy experience for seniors.
“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” by The Carpenters
This apropos classic cover of a 1947 song by Frank Loesser was released in 1984. The titular question is sure to help seniors exercise their recall by remembering their favorite New Year’s Eve memories.
“Christmas Ain’t Christmas, New Years Ain’t New Years” by The O’Jays
Arranged by Songwriting Hall of Famer Thom Bell, this is a seasonal funk/soul single from 1973. Following the structure of the song can help increase a senior’s brain activity.
“Bringing in a Brand New Year” by Charles Brown
A 1961 cover of a holiday blues song, B.B. King and Billy Ward co-wrote this track. It adds another genre to the mix, encouraging conversation and engagement between seniors and their families.
“It’s Just Another New Year’s Eve” by Barry Manilow
The melody of this 1977 selection is based on Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Goldberg Variations.” This subtle inclusion of classical music can serve to subconsciously soothe a senior’s anxiety.
“Happy New Year” by Abba
Although one lyric dates the song, listening to this DJ favorite from the group’s 1980 Super Trouper platter can help combat dementia as seniors reflect on New Year’s Eve celebrations from the past.
“Auld Lang Syne” by The Beach Boys
No New Year’s Eve party would be complete without playing this song. This Robert Burns poem was originally set to a folk song in 1788, and it can’t help but motivate seniors to sing along, thereby encouraging social engagement. This adaptation was recorded in 1964, but there are versions by other artists, including Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley, which can also bring back memories and encourage conversation and mental engagement.
Listening to music can benefit a senior’s overall wellbeing in a variety of ways, but it takes more than a few songs to ensure your loved one remains healthy. At Home Care Assistance, we offer a program called the Balanced Care Method, which encourages seniors to eat well, socialize often, exercise regularly, and focus on other lifestyle factors that can increase their longevity. In addition to respite and live-in care, we also offer comprehensive stroke, Alzheimer’s, and home care Fort Myers families trust and believe in. For more information on our elderly care services, call 239.449.4701 to schedule a complimentary consultation with a friendly Care Manager.