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Song Spotlight: “Please Don’t Eat The Daisies”

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Mood: Light and playful Themes: Flowers, What not to eat Tempo: Moderate waltz Genre/Style: 1960s easy listening Here’s a quirky popular song from Doris Day to add to your repertoire. “Please Don’t Eat The Daisies” is the title of a book, film, song, and TV series, created in that order, all about the funny moments…

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Death Cafe: A Review

I went to my first Death Café recently. Yes, that is a statement worthy of a double-take. We don’t typically associate coffee, treats, and casual conversation with DEATH, do we? As it turned out, having cake and coffee in a quiet café setting presented the perfect context for conversations about death, dying, grief, and hope.…

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What Having Pneumonia Taught Me About Caregiving

What’s it like to be old? You probably don’t really know. One of the challenges of caring for older adults and people at the end of life is that you haven’t yet been in their shoes. Sure, you’ve been a teenager before, navigating the stormy seas of adolescence, and you’ve been a young adult trying…

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Music Makes A Connection For Hospice Volunteers

Consider this scenario: Elaine is a hospice volunteer who regularly visits a patient at Green Hills Memory Care. She loves her time with Helen, who has dementia but isn’t terribly confused yet. It’s no trouble at all to get Helen talking about her childhood adventures and sharing stories about the many children and grandchildren smiling…

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Resource Review: "Then Sings My Soul"

Here are a couple of books that every music therapist, chaplain, activity director, and caregiver who uses music in their work will want on their shelf. Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan “Then Sings My Soul” by Robert J. Morgan tells the stories of 300 Christian hymns, from the “The Lord Bless You…

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Song Spotlight: “Release Me”

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Mood: Wistful Theme: The End of a Romantic Relationship Tempo: Moderately slow Genre/Style: Country or Smooth Ballad Here is a song that proves the best songs rise above genre conventions. “Release Me” was penned by Eddie Miller, Robert Yount and James Pebworth in 1946. Since Miller could not find anyone to record the song at…

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10 Strategies for Using Music for Reminiscence

Reflecting on one’s past is a vital task of living for older adults and people approaching the end of life. When it comes to supporting reminiscence with your care recipient, music can be an especially helpful tool. (P.S. For more strategies for facilitating reminiscence, check out this post.) Songs provide discussion material that is endlessly…

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