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!