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Carlton Senior Living Blog | August 2, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

A Playlist For The Songs Of Yesteryear

record-playerWe have previously discussed that music can be a tremendous trigger for memories in seniors. Making a playlist of their favorite way-back-when music can be a tremendous benefit to aging parents or loved ones. The songs of yesteryear allows older adults to reminisce and thank back of younger days.

Especially older loved ones with a cognitive impairment (such as Alzheimer’s disease or dementia) can greatly benefit from music therapy. It offers seniors are a great way to connect. Studies have even shown that seniors who have lost virtually all other memories can respond positively to their favorite songs. Whether someone has dementia or not, there is no denying that music has a powerful influence on someone’s overall quality of life.

Helping To Make A List

In order to help people get started, we have listed a few of the most popular songs from yesteryear. We have found that those living in assisted living facilities often recognize (and react positively to) these different songs.

Of course you are able to add and remove songs if you want (depending on the preference of your loved one) and add songs as you like. We recommend that you have fun playing around with this playlist and write in what some of your favorites are:

  • Walking After Midnight- Patsy Cline
  • Tennessee Waltz- Patsy Cline
  • Ain’t she Sweet- The Beatles or Gene Austin
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic- Various singers
  • Bill Bailey- Ella Fitzgerald
  • You are my Sunshine- Willie Nelson
  • Dream Lover- Bobby Darin
  • What a Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong
  • Five More Minutes- Frank Sinatra
  • Heart of my Heart- The Gang that Sang
  • Home on the Range- Roy Rogers
  • Swinging on a Star- Bing Crosby
  • Let me Call you Sweetheart- Bing Crosby
  • Love Letters in the Sand- Pat Boone
  • Meet me in St. Louis- Judy Garland
  • Moon River- Andy Williams
  • My Bonnie- The Beatles
  • Oh Susanna- Johnny Cash
  • Oh What a Beautiful Mornin’- Gordon MacRae
  • Oh you Beautiful Doll- Nancy Sinatra
  • Put on a Happy Face- Tony Bennett
  • Que Sera Sera- Dorris Day
  • Shine on Harvest Moon- Ruth Etting
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow- Judy Garland
  • The Locomotion- Little Eva
  • Blue Skies- Ella Fitzgerald
  • When Irish Eyes are smiling- Bing Crosby
  • Bicycle Built for Two- Nat King Cole
  • Look for the Silver Lining- Chet Baker