Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father’s Day! (Photo credit: Sha Sha Chu)

Father’s Day places a focus for those working in senior living communities on men’s activities. Caregivers often struggle with appropriate programming for male residents. With Father’s Day around the corner, this seems to be an appropriate time to share my two cents worth especially when it comes to music.

Don’t make assumptions. Just as all women do not enjoy sewing and cooking, not all men enjoy hunting and fishing. Some men like to build things and some enjoy needle work. As for music, don’t assume because someone was a teen in the 40’s they love big band music.

Men enjoying being spoiled. Some men enjoy a manicure (without the polish), a warm towel on the face before a shave, a massage. However, they may prefer these offerings be separate from the women.

Men sometimes enjoy being with other men. If you are a woman, see if a male volunteer or staff member can lead a men’s only discussion or luncheon. A little male bonding can be good.

So many songs mention women. For Father’s Day, consider singing songs about men and about fatherhood. Here’s a starter list:

  • Beautiful Boy
  • Cat’s in the Cradle
  • Carry On My Wayward Son
  • Daddy Sang Bass
  • Daddy’s Little Girl
  • Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
  • I’m Just Wild About Harry
  • He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
  • Danny Boy
  • The Gambler
  • King of the Road
  • My Guy
  • Stand By Your Man
  • When a Man Loves a Woman

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