The end of the year is always a great time for a look back before jumping headfirst into the adventures to come. So, I’ve compiled a list of the ten most popular posts on the site published this year. It turns out these community favorites are my favorites, too.
10. Homemade Recordings for a Family Legacy – The most precious gift you can leave for your loved ones is your voice, your words, your face… Even people who will never know you will treasure this.
9. Can Music Cause Harm? Part One and Part Two – Music CAN cause harm if used inappropriately. These posts tell you what to watch out for, and why a music therapist may be necessary in some situations.
8. Why You Might Want a Music Therapist, Even If You Don’t Need One – Here’s another post that helps to define when the intervention of a music therapist can be most helpful.
7. “Still A Child” – A Caregiver’s Song – This very special song was written by a family caregiver after placing his mother in a nursing home. The song is heartbreaking in its truth.
6. Shall We Dance? When The Therapist Is Vulnerable, Too – Knowing that it takes some courage to seek therapy, I think it’s nice to know that therapists feel unsure and exposed at times, too.
5. Take Off The Pressure: 7 Creative Experiences To Try With Your Loved One With Dementia – All seven of these are worth trying!
4. Thoughts On “The Intouchables” – This movie portrays the relationship between a man with lots of money but very little physical functioning and his not-so-traditional hired caregiver.
3. 5 Playlists Every Caregiver Should Have On Their iPod – You’ll like the ideas for music to fit different times of day.
2. A Musical Response For When A Senior Says, “I Just Want to Die” – Yes, there is a caring way to respond without shutting down the conversation.
1. Song Spotlight: “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On The Farm?” – The song spotlight series remains popular. This was the favorite song featured this year.
That’s 2012 for you! What do you think I should cover in 2013? Please leave a comment below – I’d love to answer your questions and cover topics that are interesting to you.