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R! Help: With Alzheimers- do songs remain? (47) RE: Help: With Alzheimers- do songs remain? 13 Mar 01


When my Dad first contracted Alzheimers I used to keep him entertained - he was still living at home at the time - by playing old records on the victrola. We'd even dance occasionally. He would happily sing and listen to those records for hours. After he entered the nursing home I wanted him to be included in the goings-on. And believe me, in the Alzheimers ward, they really are goings-on! I'd get a little group together and we'd sing songs from the 20s, 30s, and 40s. I even did the Charleston for the old gals a few times. Some would sing along, others just beat time. I am no performer; can't play an instrument or even carry a tune. I don't even know how I knew these songs. I got good participation from this little group, though, despite the fact that I was singing in the early evening - the most difficult time for Alzheimers sufferers.


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