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Copyright 2019 - Senior New Ways

Main Theme of Site is Music

What’s special about group reminiscing and listening?

The group sits in a circle or near-circle of chairs. They consciously and unconsciously help each other to remember, by singing, humming, toe-tapping, clapping, dancing, smiles of recognition, guessing titles or artists, and other reminiscing.

Every song is announced before and after it is played, by title, performer(s), dates of popularity and song and performer anecdotes. Not every person’s memories are recalled the same way, or have well used paths to travel.

The group facilitator sings / lip synchs to approximately 15,000 songs and has studied the music for over 50 years.

The songs are the exact recordings which would have been heard on the radio, or played on records, or performed in films, or any combination, when the attendees were ages 13-19. The memory is far richer than a random performer or a sing-a-long because the actual performance was captured in memory long ago (i.e., participants danced to it, listened to it on their record player, listened to it on the radio, and generally associated it with love, friends, and fun). Twenty songs are played in their entirety in a typical one-hour session, and same-song-by-same-performer are not repeated during a one-year period. So listeners are treated to over 1000 songs during the year. In the hey-day of big bands (1939-1952), the band typically played the first 90 seconds of a three-minute song before the singer came to the mike, so whole songs are preferred over snippets.

Touch (chair dancing or stand up dancing) and singing softly/whispering the words to the attendee/resident adds the experience of comfort and rhythm to the listening experience, may evoke memories of being held and helps to maintain focus during the session.

The care center staff is encouraged to participate fully, and the mood is enhanced as more people are active simultaneously.                      

The involvement of both care center residents and day care attendees allows the opportunity to see variations between the two types of environments associated with memory (i.e., those in day care have a richer exposure to the “outside world”).

Staff and family focus groups provide regular feedback to the process (e.g. specific likes and dislikes, sound is too loud, others were talking, or “I didn’t remember that song” or “It was sad”)

Is Memory ‘Tune-ing’ Just Entertainment?

As a “worst” case, group sessions just make the attendees feel better.

Over 90% of attendees have some form of memory challenge, but about one-half have enough cognitive capacity to recognize some everyday words, some everyday objects and some everyday memory behaviors (such as telling time).

We have tested the performance of 50 attendees on three cognitive / memory tests over the past three-plus years and have found:

  • Every person maintained or improved their pre-therapy session test score in every 6-week retesting

Behaviors captured (smiles, laughs, singing, talking, toe-tapping, person recognition) for over 70 persons unable to be tested are consistently on an upward, positive track. All persons look forward to the twice weekly sessions.


--Locations for Group Memory Tune-ing Sessions  [à from Google Calendar?]

--Videos of Live Memory Tune-ing Sessions

--Kits for Audio Portion of Music Sessions

  • Personal Memory Therapy Kits

--Why The Kit Approach?


People more than 10 years out of their teens only remember a very small percentage of the songs and artists

they listened to – they have to hear them .. It’s better to present the most popular songs /artists / details in the KIT and jog memory from them. Customers may select any ten years from 1939-1962 or use the decade that matches their teen years.

The Kit (ipod shuffle) comes pre-made and ready to use. The Player battery is already fully charged. Caregiver moves the on/off Toggle one position left and presses center of player to start. The Volume has been preset at moderate. Songs can either be played at random or the playlist order (alphabetical by title). No computer or connection to iTunes is necessary. Since every song is announced, there is no need to consult a list to find out what song plays next. The diagram of the player and the usage/maintenance instructions are in large print.

If the optional speaker is purchased, it also comes battery charged. The speaker connector simply replaces the headphones in the player connection point.

Separate charging adaptors for DC power (home plugs) allow the player and/speaker to be charged without a computer.

Before every song, the song, the performers the month/year of popularity and any anecdotes are announced. After every song, the announcement is repeated. NO LIST READING OR LOOK-UP IS NECESSARY. The full songlist is on the WhoSangIt and Senior New Ways website.


--Kit Contents


                --Hardware (mp3 player, recharge / power connectors,

                   Speaker (optional $17) / earphones

                --Songs (What each song entry announcement contains)

                        The Title

                        The Performers (Band/Orchestra, Singers, instrument


                        The Month and Year of Popularity

                        Song or Performer or music style anecdotes

                        Connections to movies or stage musicals

                --Song List à website Song Lists  [I BELIEVE CAN WE DO


                --How to use and recharge; troubleshooting -à all on website

                --Memory-cognition test and result forms --à website memory


--Years Covered  


                [Song Lists 1939-1962, any ten years]

--Later years 1963ff require higher royalties and some songs may not be                     

                 provided (e.g. Beatles singles)

--Specialty Kits

[Artist Kits:  Cab Calloway, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw, Harry James, Tommy Dorsey, Jimmy Dorsey, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra

               More to come]

                [Year (1939-1962] Kits: Single Year Kits with ~300 songs]

                [Genre Kits:  Country, Rhythm & Blues, Pop, Jazz]


Dignity Programs

        Group Programs at Care Centers

                                Laughter, Santa visits, singalongs, Name That Tune

Visiting at Care Centers

         Community Venue Health Chats (mobility required)

         Caregiver Resource Groups


Recommended Kit Decades

Listener Year of Graduation          Age                       Recommended Kit Decade

1945 + earlier                                     88 + older           1939-1948

1946                                                       87                          1940-1949

1947                                                  86                                 1941-1950

1948                                                       85                          1942-1951

1949                                                       84                          1943-1952

1950                                                       83                          1944-1953

1951                                                       82                          1945-1954

1952                                                       81                          1946-1955

1953                                                       80                          1947-1956

1954                                                       79                          1948-1957

1955                                                       78                          1949-1958

1956                                                       77                          1950-1959

1957                                                       76                          1951-1960

1958                                                       75                          1952-1961

1959 + later                         up to      74                           1953-1962


  1. PLAYER WON’T PLAY. Player battery needs to be re-charged. When the charge light shows green, the battery is fully charged.
  2. MY CARE RECEIVER WANTS SOME EXTRA SONGS ADDED. You may return the player to Memory Tune-ing with a request list from the website song list and a payment of $.50 per song and we will add the songs and return the player.

If the songs requested are not from the current song list, the per-song fee will be $1.30 and you may obtain the songs via Memory Tune-ing or by using iTunes. Using iTunes may add complications to the preset playlist (there is only only playlist, named KIT). We highly recommend adding every purchased song to the list named KIT; otherwise the use of the player will become more complicated, and memory Tune-ing will be unable to troubleshoot playlist problems.

  1. MY CARE RECEIVER WANTS SACRED, CHILDREN’S OR CLASSICAL SONGS. As no measures of popularity exists for these forms of music, memory Tune-ing will produce a custom twenty-hour

Playlist from customer request, at a price of $199.