Skip to comments.Old Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era (Video)
Posted on 04/12/2012 12:11:42 AM PDT by beaversmom
Link to Video
Brings tears to my eyes. Could be me in some few years, you just don’t know.
NOT a prayer ping! :)
I thought, as I was grinning ear to ear watching this gentleman come “to life”...that you’d all enjoy this as much as I did.
Thanks beaversmom. You come up with the NEATEST threads!!
Ah thanks BG. That was a link on a friend’s FB page. So nice to live in this internet/social media age where we can share interesting stories.
That was touching, he sure perked up after listening to the music. I have a feeling a lot of his apparent lethargy is because he is simply bored and the music put a stop to that.
I can’t watch it my computer is too slow. What’s he listening to, Madonna?
I hear ya. We never know how things are going to end up.
He’s in a nursing home. Old. Madonna. Sheesh.
I have a friend whose daughter works in the same nursing home my dad was in. I TOTALLY agree with what you said and am forwarding this to her, too.
It's so sad to see...some of those folk just sit there. Out of it. If they're "there", they are just waiting to die. Sad, sad, sad..
Wow! Great stuff.
I’m sending the link to my kids. I ain’t getting any younger.
Elderly people, who have forgotten so many things, seem to remember all the words to old songs, and it makes them so happy.
Maybe I’ll try to jog my memory, when I forget something, by singing. :)
Who are you again? Your name looks familiar...
Try singing, and maybe, we’ll remember. :)
My daughter was thinking about studying Music Therapy, but didn't like the pay, especially because you have to have a Masters degree. But you don't need an MS to turn on an iPod!
It’s always nice to hear music that doesn’t sound like someone having a difficult bowel movement.
This was incredibly touching and amazing. I hope they allow that gentleman to listen to music all the time. It brings him back to life in a sense. He just brightens up. I wish I had known this when my Grandma had Alzheimers, although she wasn’t quite as bad in that she didn’t forget our names (a stroke ultimately killed her), but I think she would have really enjoyed it.
What an amazing man. I do have to learn to stop reading the comments though.
Madonna??? Get real.
It was Lady Gaga.
Thank You! You just made a 60 year old man cry. This hits close to home, my Mom and Dad were out in California when they were young and loved the big bands and loved to dance. You should see dad at 91 when I turn on the old big band stuff on the XM radio. He gets happy feet, it’s a shame Moms no longer here to join him they were great dancers.
Think I’ll go back and watch it again.
Amen to all that! That was such an incredible change, and it made me think about the studies done some years ago, about classical music helping to build pathways in the brain. Cab Callaway definitely fired up the generators in that wonderful gentleman’s mind :)
Off to share it, and put on some good music : }
May God bless.
I was an activity director at a nursing home, and recruited a lot of folks who were talented, to sing and play for the residents. On some days, when a particular activity was scheduled, but the residents didn’t participate, I would start singing an old song, such as, “A Bicycle Built for Two’. Eventually, one person would sing along, and then, the entire group would bellow out the tune. Even when they didn’t want to do an activity or sing, just a one-to-one conversation would make them happy. I made it a point to personally speak to every resident every day, if only to say, “Good morning, have a nice day.”
When I’m that old, the Zeppelin will sure bring me back to reality!!
My mother is 93 and in a retirement home, in the past year she has become very bored and depressed because of her inability to get around, her loss of hearing, and general frustration with being old. She has mentioned many times she just doesn’t want to live any more. I am 500 miles away and that makes frequent visits difficult. So I have taken the very simple, easy, and cost free action of calling her every day in the evening.
What a turn around. We don’t talk very long, and usually just small talk, but just knowing someone is thinking about her every day and the daily expectation of receiving the call has given her a reason to live. Very often it doesn’t take much to make an old person happy, as this video has shown.
How stupid I was! :-(
Don’t be so hard on yourself. No one can can get everything right. (Heck, even Reagan made a mistake or two.) I’m sure you did the best you could.
A few years ago I was having problems dealing with some heartbreaking events. I was given comfort when I asked Him for guidance and when I returned to music and dance. We now try to attend band concerts at our local American Legions. Great fun we have with friends.
Very touching! Here is a song that I would want to hear a lot if I had to be in a place like that:
He said his favorite singer was Cab Calloway, so it must be music from the 40s, which is also my favorite and I’m only 56!. I dig Big Band.
We used to have an A.M. station here called “Stardust.” They played music from the 40s, and more modern “standards.” It was changed into a sports station. What a terrible loss.
I used to listen to XM 40s music. Until they merged with Sirius, the “Savoy,” channel 4, would broadcast as if it were still the 40s, playing news broadcasts on the hour with the teletype clicking away in the background, and ads for Burma Shave. They did the whole landing at Normandy in real time; it went on for days. Now they just play the same rotaion of songs and I don’t learn anything. But I sure love big band music.
Thanks for the post, it brightened up my day.
Amen to that, bro. I’ve been on a Led Zeppelin kick again for the last few weeks. Can’t ever get enough of Achilles Last Stand and In The Evening and Gallows Pole and...
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