-Wild oats will get sown sometime.andSowing seeds is a common idiom often with a positive spin. We sow seeds of kindness, good works, etc. But, when we talk about sowing our wild oats things take a  negative (dare I say sexual) spin.

I want to encourage you to sow your oats. Whether or not they are wild oats is up to you.

Let me reframe that:

  • Consider sowing music in and around other events in the lives of the seniors you serve. Think of this as assisting other staff to use music the individual enjoys that relates to events within the community.
  • Consider sowing some intergenerational (IG) opportunities into your work. It may be a music therapy or a community music event. It might be a project for which you recommend a few songs to help fill the down time.

Let me show you what I mean.

January is National Oatmeal Month. I happen to be a fan of oatmeal for breakfast. It can be fixed so many ways as recipes like these show. There are healthy reasons to eat oats which is a bonus to including them in my diet.

Oats don’t have to be the main event in a food, they can be one of many ingredients as they are in these Anytime Bars. The recipe is easy to change-up according to your tastes and preferences. As there are nut allergies in my family, we often make the bars substituting sunflower seeds for the nuts.

During the years I served as an activity director, I like to change-up my sessions. While we cooked or the item baked, we’d sing songs related to the dish. We might do related word game, history or readings. Events weren’t purely one thing. I tended to “sow” the varied interests together.

If you work as a full-time employee in a senior living community, I hope you are adding a little music to the “other” events in addition to your work as a music therapist.

If you are a contractor, consider sharing a few songs related to facility observances.

For oats you might consider the following:

  • Discuss the idiom “sow your wild oats”. How do they define it? Is there a right time to sow them? Have they ever “sown their wild oats”?
  • Make a list of words with “oat” in them. Need help? Here’s a starter list. (Depending on the ages of those involved this can be a fun IG activity.)
  • Bake oatmeal cookies. Discuss favorite recipes and additions. Vote to see which is preferred: plain, with raisins or with chocolate chips. (Cooking can be lots of fun in small group IG situations.)
  • Sing “Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow” and “Mares Eat Oats”. (These can be wonderful songs for an IG group, too.)

If you’d like to learn more about sowing intergenerational programs into your senior communities, you’ll want to get in on the February IG series. You can do that by:

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