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The Perfect New Year’s Eve Playlist for Seniors

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With New Year’s Eve around the corner, it is time to think about ways to involve everyone in the festivities. Adding songs seniors are likely to remember and enjoy to the playlist is one way to try and make your loved one feel part of the celebration. Palm Beach in-home elder care experts have compiled this list of classic songs that can be added to your loved one’s New Year’s Eve playlist.

“Auld Lang Syne”

It would not be New Year’s without “Auld Lang Syne.” The song was originally written as a poem in 1788. However, it did not become a holiday mainstay until Guy Lombardo’s band used it to connect different parts of the band’s radio show on December 31st, 1929. Ever since then, this classic song has been ushering in the New Year for almost everyone.

“Same Old Lang Syne”

In this autobiographical song, Dan Fogelberg sings about waiting for an old flame from his past to step back into his life. “Same Old Lang Syne” is set in Peoria, Illinois, and was originally recorded in 1981. Many seniors may be able to relate to this song about nostalgia and reigniting an old love.

“What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”

This song, originally recorded by Frank Loesser in 1947, is about a man who wonders if a woman is interested in him or if she will be spending the holiday alone. Since its original recording, it has become a holiday staple. “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” has famous cover versions recorded by Bette Midler, Ella Fitzgerald, and Barbra Streisand.

“Let’s Start the New Year Right”

This Bing Crosby song was composed by Irving Berlin for the classic musical Holiday Inn. As you would expect with any Crosby song, this one has him crooning delightfully in a way your loved one will enjoy this holiday season. 

“Funky New Year”

Liven up the party for your loved one this year with this song The Eagles recorded in 1979. The song tells the funny story of trying to make sure everyone gets the right drink order on New Year’s Eve. The funky music will have your loved one grooving to its tune.

“Happy New Year”

Encourage your loved one to step back to the days when he or she was probably yelling at teenagers to turn down the music with this song. Originally recorded by Abba in 1980, numerous artists have performed this fun song, and it has been translated into several languages.

There are many great songs that can be included on a playlist for your loved one this year. Encourage him or her to celebrate New Year’s Eve with you while listening to favorite tunes from yesterday. For more tips on how you can include a loved one in festive family events, contact Home Care Assistance, a dedicated provider of elder care, at 561.429.8292. We provide dementia, post-stroke, and Alzheimer’s care Palm Beach, FL, families can trust. Contact a knowledgeable Care Manager for more information on our in-home care services.

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