Playlist of the Week: Getting Older



Aging is a common theme that can emerge in therapy when working with many age groups, including:

- children who may have adult-like responsibilities to manage

- adolescents going through changes, feeling somewhere between childhood and adulthood

- adults beginning to take on their career and/or building a family

- adults transitioning into parenthood

- adults transitioning into becoming grandparents

- adults transitioning to retirement

- older adults experiences overall emotional difficulties related to aging

- older adults experiencing physical challenges/decline related to aging

- older adults transitioning into retirement and long-term care who may be losing some autonomy

- older adults with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

These are just some examples of life transitions where aging can become a core theme in therapy sessions. We hope you enjoy this playlist of songs related to getting older.

Scroll to the bottom for a music therapy intervention idea!

1. The Story - Brandi Carlile


Lyric: All of these lines across my face

Tell you the story of who I am

So many stories of where I've been

And how I got to where I am

2. When I'm 64 - The Beatles


Lyric: When I get older losing my hair Many years from now Will you still be sending me a valentine Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?

3. Time - Pink Floyd


Lyric: Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time

Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines

Hanging on in quiet desperation is the English wayT

he time is gone, the song is over, thought I'd something more to say

4. You're Gonna Miss This - Trace Adkins


Lyric: You're gonna miss this

You're gonna want this back

You're gonna wish these days hadn't gone by so fast

These Are Some Good Times

So take a good look around

You may not know it now

But you're gonna miss this

5. Grow Old With You - Adam Sandler


Lyric: I wanna make you smile whenever you're sad

Carry you around when your arthritis is bad

All I wanna do is grow old with you

6. Landslide - Fleetwood Mac


Lyric: Well, I've been afraid of changing'

Cause I've built my life around you

But time makes you bolder

Even children get older

And I'm getting older too

7. Stop This Train by: John Mayer


Lyric: Stop this trainI wanna get off and go home again

I can't take the speed it's moving inI know I can't

But, honestly, won't someone stop this train?

8. Glory Days - Bruce Springsteen


Lyric: Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture a little of the glory of,

well time slips away and leaves you with nothing mister

but boring stories of glory days

9. My Little Girl - Tim McGraw


Lyric: Gotta hold on easy as I let you go.

Gonna tell you how much I love you, though you think you already know.

I remember I thought you looked like an angel wrapped in pink so soft and warm.

You've had me wrapped around your finger since the day you were born.

10. I'm Not Gonna Miss You - Glen Campbell


Lyric: I'm still here, but yet I'm gone

I don't play guitar or sing my songs

They never defined who I am

The man that loves you 'til the end

11. Rockin' Alone - Everly Brothers


Lyric: Her hands were caloused and wrinckled and old

A life of hard work was the story they told

And I've thought of angels as I saw her there

Rockin' alone in an old rockin' chair

12. Never Grow Up - Taylor Swift


Lyric: Oh darling, don't you ever grow up

Don't you ever grow up, just stay this little

Oh darling, don't you ever grow up

Don't you ever grow up, it could stay this simple

13. Father and Son - Cat Stevens


Lyric: It's not time to make a change

Just relax, take it easy

You're still young, that's your fault

There's so much you have to know

Find a girl, settle downIf you want you can marry

Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy

14. Old Man - Neil Young


Lyric: Old man look at my life,

Twenty four and there's so much more

Live alone in a paradise

That makes me think of two.

15. Young Forever- Jay Z


Lyric: Forever young,I wanna be forever young

Do you really want to live forever?

Forever and ever

Life Stages Improv

This is an example of an intervention for a young adult who is becoming overwhelmed with the responsibilities and pressures of adulthood. This can be adapted to match many circumstances and age groups.

First, the music therapist should select the instrument(s) for the improvisational intervention. This selection depends highly on the client, their physical abilities, comfort level with various instruments, music preferences, and much more. For the purpose of this example, we will have the client and therapist sharing the piano for the improvisation.

Instructions for the client:

1. Play how it felt before you had all of these responsibilities and pressures.

2. Play how it feels now

3. Play how it would feel to tackle/handle all of these responsibilities and pressures.

Next, depending on the emotional state of the client, the music therapist would decide how much structure to provide to the client within the clinical improvisation, and would accordingly select various techniques such as matching and holding. During the improvisation, the therapist would be listening for themes and metaphors that arise within the music and even within the musical transitions between parts 1,2, and 3.

From there, depending on the nature of the therapeutic goals and the client, the music therapist might:

- have the client verbally reflect on themes that emerged through the improvisation, offering support and insight/observations to further enhance the process

- have improvisation recorded for the client to listen back to and draw reflections upon.

- point out a theme that emerged and see if the client in fact heard/felt the same

- name the improvisation and use the name as a marker for the theme

I hope this gives you some food for thought.

Have a lovely, sunny week!

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