Stimulating Ideas For Spring

Spring, SHC, Caregivers, Rain, Music

What a spring we have had!  The range of weather conditions during the spring months can offer interesting conversations, memories, familiar music & hands-on activities for you and your loved ones.
Many seniors with dementia may enjoy relating experiences with thunderstorms as children do – their fears of thunder & lightening, playing in the puddles & the mud, wearing boots, and seeing rainbows.  It’s fun to talk about the first signs of spring – a robin, tulips & daffodils blooming, trees becoming green or flowering and the smell of newly-mowed grass.
Familiar music may stimulate memories with rhythmic movement & elevate everyone’s moods – especially on a rainy and dreary spring day.  Below are a list of songs that related to our ever-changing weather.
  • “Home On the Range”  (not cloudy all day)
  • “On A Clear Day”
  • “He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands”  (wind & rain)
  • “Whispering Hope”  (sunshine)
  • “The Birth of the Blues”  (breeze)
  • “I Love Paris”
  • “April in Paris”
  • “The Rain in Spain”
  • “You Are My Sunshine”
  • “I’m Looking Over A Four-Leaf Clover”  (rain)

Activities might include hard-boiling & dying eggs, an egg hunt, drawing pictures of rainbows, dancing to “The Chicken Song”.  As the days begin to lengthen and warm – a nice walk or visit to a park to take in all of the scents and sights that reappear with the new season.

Happy Spring – let the sunshine in!