Singing Old Songs With the Elderly
Caregivers can easily encourage songfests that bring pleasure to elderly charges. All one needs to do is provide the tune and a line or two …
When Lisa comes, we have a real jamboree.
“I love you. A bushel and a peck,” Lisa sings. “ A bushel and a peck and … a hug around the neck. Don’t you know that one?”
“Sure she does,” I say. “Used to sing it to me all the time.”
Bea is being shy. Her eyes swing around to take in her audience.
Not one to give up, Lisa tries another: “How ‘bout, Someone’s in the kitchen with Dinah. Someone’s in the kitchen I…”
She stops. Then comes the faint voice: “Know-wo-wo-wo.”
Lisa: “Someone’s in the kitchen with Di-nah…”
“Peeing on the old banjo.”
Bea has not forgotten the words. She is just in a good mood and making a joke.
The change in lyrics gives us all a good laugh…