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  • Writer's pictureAlexa Kemmann

Top 5 Songs I Use in Eldercare for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is on November 23rd this year, so this month I am session planning around this Fall holiday. My songs and music experiences in November center on family, thankfulness, and of course, turkey! Keep reading to learn my favorite songs I use in Eldercare and Alzheimer's/Dementia care.


1. "Thanksgiving Prayer" by Johnny Cash

This song expresses gratitude for loved ones and all the blessings that life brings. It provides a great opportunity for a fill-in-the-blank songwriting experience. I prompt residents to share what they are thankful for and insert them into the song.


Listen to the song here.


2. "Turkey in the Straw" Traditional

This folk song is fun to dance and sing along to. I also prompt residents to reminisce about their favorite Thanksgiving dishes.


Click here to listen to the song.


3. "Over the River and Through the Woods" Traditional

This familiar tune is great for a sing-a-long. Afterwards, I engage my clients in music-prompted reminiscence about Thanksgiving memories with family and friends.


Find it here.


4. "Jingle Bells" Traditional

Did you know this was originally a Thanksgiving song? It is a great transition between the holidays. I use the original lyrics and lead the residents in singing and instrument playing, with jingle bells of course!


Check it out here.


5. "Crowded Table" by The Highwomen

This recent song depicts gathering together around a crowded table. The lyrics also include themes of belonging, love, and support that are great for a song discussion.


To listen to the song, click here.


Blooming Bridge Music Therapy, LLC specializes in eldercare including Alzheimer's/Dementia care. If your organization is interested in group music therapy services in eldercare, you can find more information here.

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