In honor of the impending beginning of Fall, here is my list of songs for Autumn for Older Adults:
- Shine on Harvest Moon
- Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree (Andrews Sisters)
- In the Cool, Cool Cool of the Evening (Rosemary Clooney)
- Ida Sweet as Apple Cider
- The Autumn Leaves (Nat King Cole)
- September Song (Frank Sinatra)
- The September of My Years (Frank Sinatra)
- Autumn Serenade (John Coltrane)
- Autumn in NY (Billie Holiday)
- Vivaldi Four Seasons (Concerto No. 3 in F major, Op. 8, RV 293, “Autumn”)
- Great is Thy Faithfulness
And here is the Spotify playlist link: https://open.spotify.com/user/127389392/playlist/1njTbHW8TdUMj5awPxFqdW
I have to say, I have one caution when doing a solely autum theme (no sort of back to school attached). Autumn is often associated with death and dying and this often plays out in the lyrics of songs about the season. In an older adult populations this is a very sensitive subject. There are ways if you find it appropriate to address and discuss this. You are wise–use your judgment to decide which songs are appropriate and in what capacity.
In light of that, I needed a more upbeat song about fall, because although I’m not a PSL fanatic, I do adore the season. Here is a little more peppy song that I wrote to address movement and cognition goals.