Shades of blue

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If Laura is throwing out a challenge to all my friends & colleagues (and to the universe for that matter) it seems only fitting I take a few minutes to meet the challenge.

I have written tons of posts based on themes. I have shared the advantages of using one and secrets to creating themes. But, I’ve never shared how I stumbled across this idea. In 1987 I was hired to be the Activity Director at a nursing home in Kissimmee, Florida. I faced many challenges in this position, one of them being how best to meet the needs of those residents diagnosed with dementia. Some how I stumbled across a resource that had just been released titled Wake Up! A Sensory Stimulation Program for Nursing Home Residents by Pamela Sanders. I ordered it and began implementing it.

The book is set up with a weekly theme. There is a  weekly list of items to have on hand for vision, hearing, touch, smell, and taste. Ideas for implementing a five-day program was then presented. It just so happens the first week’s plan happened to be BLUE!

Over the years, I have continued to use ideas from this book though not in the form presented. But, here is a list of blue songs for older adults you may want to consider for a “blue” week.

  • Blue Suede Shoes
  • Blueberry Hill
  • She wore Blue Velvet
  • Bye, Bye Blues
  • Alice Blue Gown
  • Blue Bird of Happiness
  • Blue Christmas
  • Blue Danube
  • Rhapsody in Blue
  • Serenade in Blue
  • Love is Blue
  • Five Foot 2 (eyes of blue)
  • Blue Tail Fly
  • Blue Skies
  • Blue Moon
  • Blue Hawaii
  • Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day
  • Mood Indigo
  • My Blue Heaven

If you have a few boomers in your crowd, I recommend checking Songfacts to get a few more selections. Have fun with the list. And, now it is YOUR turn. Don’t feel that it has to be long or involved, just have fun!



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