Meanwhile at the VA Dementia Ward

Stand By Your Man

Would you rather go play bingo or watch videos?

Videos.

Soon we are sifting through the vast world of YouTube videos, looking for great live country performances.

Glen Campbell: Gentle On My Mind. My guy sings right along.

Roger Miller: King of the Road. My guy sings louder and fits his timing right around Roger.

Johnny Cash: Ring of Fire. My guy is belting it out!

Merle Haggard: Mama Tried. My guy is all over this one.

Buck Owens: Act Naturally. I am now singing along, so we have three voices.

The Osborne Brothers: Rocky Top. Now we are in hog heaven.

Flatt and Scruggs: Rolling In My Sweet Baby’s Arms. The staff are coming around to see what the fuss is all about.

And, realizing we are ignoring the great women of country, we just have time for Tammy Wynette: Stand By Your Man. She never sang with a more heartfelt partner than my guy. After all, he’s just a man.

The Spanish speaking fellow at the next table was trying to tell me something, but I couldn’t quite get it.

Everybody knows music is powerful for folks in various stages of dementia, but you have to see it in action. Those popular songs that ruled the air in the old days really reach deep into the sole of old folks.