Current Activities in Longterm Care
Kate Lynch, Editor
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KATE LYNCH
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FIRST CRUSH...!
(Small Group)

Materials

·        Audio equipment
·        Recordings (and lyrics) of famous love songs
·        Chair for all participants arranged in a semicircle

The activity

Play the songs and invite your elders to sing them together.

Next, ask them to remember an adolescent crush, someone unattainable they loved from a
distance, such as a famous person—perhaps an actor or a singer—they never actually met.

·        Who was, and how would you describe, this person?
·        What did you admire most about them?
·        What would you have liked to say to this person if you had met them at that time?
·        What would you like to say to them if you met them now?

Make sure there is enough time for everyone in the group to tell their stories.

Then, invite each elder to write down a short, playful, and humorous lyric about their first crush,
and take turns singing it, improvising the melody.

Things to consider

Ensure person-centeredness by selecting songs that your elders like. Before the activity, ask
them about their musical preferences .

Person-centered music interventions are widely recognized as valuable therapeutic tools for the
well-being of the elderly, particularly those living in nursing homes. Residents who are involved
regularly in activities of this kind have been found to have better cognitive skills and be less
depressed. (Reference:  
Myskja A. “Individualized music–A method for integrating music therapy into health care
practices,” Twelfth Congress of the International Psychogeriatric Association, 20-24 September
2005, Stockholm, Sweden.)

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