Sing along Christmas songs do make a difference in the lives of seniors. For some of the elderly that have been less active, these can put a tap in their feet and give them a sway that hasn’t been there for awhile. Christmas song lyrics, for the most part, are very well remembered and one can jump right in and sing without feeling left out or left behind because they don’t know the words yet. This means the enjoyment of singing Christmas songs is instantaneous.
Music plays a big role in the lives of the elderly. Whether they are in home care or in assisted living facilities, this can be a great source of joy and regular entertainment. The holidays can naturally bring with them a sadness for some elderly people with distance from loved ones and feeling more restricted in their capacity to participate in activities that used to bring them much pleasure such as shopping, baking, gift wrapping or even trimming the tree. But full participation in sing along Christmas songs can help alleviate some of those frustrations.
Sing alongs Christmas songs is one activity every generation can very easily participate in together, removing any boundaries of miscommunication. For those who are in care, singing with their children and grand children will make them feel much more connected to the family they may feel too distant from.
What Sing Along Christmas Songs Should You Use?
There are some sing along Christmas songs that are better than others for seniors. There are many DVD’s and VHS out there to choose from, but just putting any one in a player to sing along with, without first considering the quality, may leave you disappointed.
The lyrics should be clear and easily readable on screen. The music tempo shouldn’t be too fast that some can’t keep up, nor too slow that many are easily bored. Keep in mind that those with Alzheimer’s and other dementia can be easily agitated with louder and faster paced music.
According to studies, there are about 4.5 million Americans who are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, thus music that best suits them should be made specifically for them. It takes into consideration their limited attention span, the tempo, agitation levels and more. The entertainment will be of better quality and this, in turn, improves the quality of life for these precious seniors.
Consider sing along Christmas songs as a great gift idea you can enjoy with the seniors you know and love. An activity that can be shared with friends and family, and are easy to take with you to be shared with others. This is a gift that keeps on giving year after year.