My mission with seniors started when an avocation for singing turned into an advocacy for older adults. I still perform in facilities and use songs in my keynotes. I know firsthand the value of music therapy on dementia and Alzheimer's patients.
When looking at a care facility take time to participate and evaluate the activity programs. There are some facilities that still meet the stereotype of plopping people by a television and leaving them there. Then there are the progressive ones. Those that use progressive methods like intergenerational programming and music therapy are able to unlock something inside our elders and even halt some of the steady progress these conditions inflict on people.
I routinely visit care centers with memory jogging puzzles and memory match games introducing these activities and getting feedback.
Part of my routine is trivia (songs and events from the past years). I was amazed when starting to sing the beginning of an old favorite "Let Me Call You SweetHeart" that everyone chimed in and finished the chorus. They knew all the songs in my trivia.
From that enlightening experience I put together a booklet "Sing a Long" Songs of Yesterday, with songs and related photos. Everyone: seniors, alzheimer's and dementia patients enjoy and reminisce. (me too)