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Songs You Know by Heart – A Simple Guide for Using Music In Dementia Care


Includes Book and 18 song audio CD

Has dementia, including Alzheimer’s, touched your life or that of a family member of friend? Are you a caregiver, family member or activity director caring for someone with dementia?

Are there days when you are short on time and energy and wish your job could be easier? Do you prefer to focus on what people can do instead of only focusing on the support they need? Would you like to awaken memories, bring happiness, and truly connect? This guide is for you!

Try one idea or try them all. Turn on the music (included!), follow the simple directions and get ready for some joy.

Written by Mary Sue Wilkinson, with contributions from leading dementia care specialist Teepa Snow.

“The message of Mary Sue’s book touched my heart deeply. Music is truly miraculous in how it continues to bring sunshine even to the darkest days. I encourage you to read and learn from this wonderful inspired book. No matter what your circumstances are, this book dramatically shows how music can enrich your life.” Bob James, Grammy Award Winning Jazz Keyboardist

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  • I Got Rhythm
  • Let Me Call You Sweetheart
  • Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree
  • Always
  • My Little Margie
  • My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
  • Peg O’ My Heart
  • Bicycle Built for Two
  • Four Leaf Clover
  • Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue
  • Shine On Harvest Moon
  • (Put Another Nickel In) Music! Music! Music!
  • Take Me Out to the Ball Game
  • My Wild Irish Rose
  • On the Sunny Side of the Street
  • Side By Side
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • When You’re Smiling

“Books like this make it easy for caregivers to share music. The greatest gift is how quickly you will feel empowered to use music. Laid out in an easy to read format, you’ll be guided through the basics of what to do and how to share.” – JoAnn Jordan, Certified Music Therapist, Music Sparks

“The most important aspect of Songs You Know By Heart is that it is approachable and encouraging for readers with any level of music or caregiving skill. While you could read this book straight through from cover to cover, it may work best as a handy reference guide, allowing you to flip to the section you need to engage a particular person or troubleshoot a particular problem.” – Rachelle Norman, Certified Music Therapist, Soundscaping Source

“The music is like a chisel that chips away the exterior of the dementia. Every song opens more light to Jean’s real true being.” – Kim Spencer, caregiver

“I have had first-hand experience with the power of this book. My mother lived with Alzheimer’s for over 10 years until her death at the age of 94. In the end, MUSIC was the only thing left that opened up her world, and gave her joy. The concept behind this book, and the impact it has, is immeasurable for people living with Dementia and Alzheimer’s.” – Ann Ballou

“Often a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s/dementia can leave that person’s loved ones feeling helpless. This book is a great tool that shows concrete ways people can help someone who is dealing with the effects of dementia. Music can be a way to communicate when all other forms of connecting have been dulled. This is a great resource for friends, family, professional caregivers and for people who just want to learn more.” – Beth Baillie

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