The Most Popular Songs 1940-1980

Do You Know What Song Was Most Popular During the Year You Were Born? 1940-1980

Music is the universal language that keeps everyone across every continent connected — which makes it incredibly important! Something to hold onto are the songs that helped shaped our lives. We can be taken back into the past with just one chord!

So, let’s travel back in time and see what songs were popular when you were born:

1940: “I’ll Never Smile Again” – Tommy Dorsey
1941: “Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)” – Benny Goodman and Helen Forrest
1942: “Moonlight Cocktail” – Glenn Miller
1943: “I’ve Heard That Song Before” – Harry James and Helen Forrest
1944: “Swinging On A Star” – Bing Crosby
1945: “Sentimental Journey” – Les Brown and Doris Day
1946: “The Gypsy” – The Ink Spots
1947: “Heartaches” – Ted Weems
1948: “Mañana (Is Soon Enough For Me)” – Peggy Lee
1949: “Riders In The Sky” – Vaughn Monroe
1950: “Goodnight Irene” – Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers
1951: “Too Young” – Nat King Cole
1952: “Blue Tango” – Leroy Anderson
1953: “Song From Moulin Rouge” – Percy Faith
1954: “Little Things Mean A Lot” – Kitty Kallen
1955: “Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White” – Perez Prado
1956: “Heartbreak Hotel” – Elvis Presley
1957: “All Shook Up” – Elvis Presley
1958: “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” – Domenico Modugno
1959: “The Battle Of New Orleans” – Johnny Horton
1960: “Theme From ‘A Summer Place’” – Percy Faith
1961: “Tossin’ And Turnin” – Bobby Lewis
1962: “Stranger On The Shore” – Mr. Acker Bilk
1963: “Sugar Shack” — Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs
1964: “I Want To Hold Your Hand” — The Beatles
1965: “Wooly Bully” – Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs
1966: “The Ballad Of The Green Berets” – Sgt. Barry Sadler
1967: “To Sir With Love” – Lulu
1968: “Hey Jude” — The Beatles
1969: “Sugar, Sugar” — The Archie’s
1970: “Bridge Over Troubled Water” — Simon and Garfunkel
1971: “Joy to the World” — Three Dog Night
1972: “The First Time I Ever Saw Your Face” — Roberta Flack
1973: “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round the Ole Oak Tree” — Tony Orlando and Dawn
1974: “The Way We Were” — Barbra Streisand
1975: “Love Will Keep Us Together” — Captain & Tennille
1976: “Silly Love Songs” — Paul McCartney & Wings
1977: “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” — Rod Stewart
1978: “Shadow Dancing” — Andy Gibb
1979: “Call Me” – Blondie
1980: “Bette Davis Eyes” – Kim Carnes
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No one knows what your song is, but these are just as timeless as you are, trust us! Music is a beautiful time capsule that keeps us connected and is a constant reminder of what happened in the past, reminding us of how precious time is. There are beautiful memories attached to all of these songs and more. Your memories have shaped your life — being able to look back and pinpoint it through a specific song is special.

Making a Successful Transition into Alzheimer's Care

Determine a Plan, Choose a Memory Care Provider

Once the options for short and long term Alzheimer’s care have been evaluated, it’s time to determine a plan and choose a care provider. When choosing your provider, it’s essential to ensure that they will meet basic needs and provide a safe environment for you or your loved one.

To begin assessing care needs, identify where assistance is needed and if the person is able to perform Activities of Daily Living. Activities of Daily Living or “ADLs” include eating, bathing, getting dressed, toileting, and transferring. The performance of these ADLs is important in determining what type of long-term care is best. Also consider medication management when making this decision.

According to the CDC, in 2017
22% of all adults aged 85+
needed help with activities of daily living.

When is the best time?

Evaluating their needs will help to determine the time frame in which the care will need to begin and if they’re able to be independent.

  • independence During the early stages, they may still live independently
  • 24hr care In the middle stages, 24-hour supervision will be required
  • round-the-clock care In the late stages, they will need specialized round-the-clock care

Once you’ve determined what type of care is needed, contact providers who will be able to assist you. Resources to find specialized care providers include your local Alzheimer’s Association, doctors, support groups and trusted referrals. Once your list is compiled, reach out to them individually and explain the type of care and services that are needed. Make sure to ask questions regarding qualifications, services provided, cost of services and availability. Once you’ve narrowed your search, make sure to pre-screen provider’s backgrounds, training, references and conduct on-site visits to ensure that you or your loved one will be in a safe and secure environment.

As Alzheimer’s progresses, there is a greater need for more specialized care and security. This care can be provided in-home with round-the-clock nursing and caregiving. Additionally, the home will need to be secure and the individual will need to be monitored so they cannot do anything to harm themselves or the home. The move to a memory care community certifies that healthcare services, memory care programs, home maintenance/ cleaning, food preparation and security are specialized.

What to Keep, What to Leave

Ensuring a plan is in place and a move is made when the person is still healthy ensures that making the move is their choice and on their terms. They’re able to properly say goodbye to a home they’ve lived in for years and choose which items come with them, it’s an important part of the transition. The person is able to gradually downsize the things that they have, it’ll be less traumatic and they’re able to preserve memories, keepsakes and important items. If a move has to be made quickly from home-care to more residential care, the home and all of the belongings inside can become the overwhelming responsibility of the children, friends, and family. Going through an accumulation of belongings one had collected in their lifetime can be a painstaking task where things of value can be thrown into the garbage. Adult children and family members should carefully consider how much time, energy, and emotion that they can dedicate to a downsizing project without being burned out.

When sorting through belongings, think about where you or your loved one will be moving to, what services will be provided, and what other amenities are available there. Possibilities to consider include maintenance free living, if an automobile is needed, cleaning services, cooking services and meals, climate, appliances, amount of furniture in the space.

Choosing a long-term care community where all levels of care (Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Senior Rehabilitation) are available as progression continues, allows you to move into a community and not have to move again.

What you keep can vary depending on the care service you choose Moving methods

Transition

Transitioning into an Alzheimer’s or Dementia Care Community can be an adjustment that spans days, weeks or months. Depending on the progression of the disease, and the person, there is no definitive timeline for how long it will take. Adjustment can increase behavioral symptoms like depression, agitation and confusion. Ways to help them adjust include utilizing important and familiar items in their new space. Personal photos, artwork, and furniture can make a new place feel like home and create a sense of calm. Visiting frequently once they are settled will ensure that they have interaction, engagement and support in their new home. Choosing a community that cares about the family/friends just as much as the resident is important as well. If a community has activities, events, and spaces which encourage family and friends to visit, it’ll be a pleasant experience for both parties.

Action Plan for Living with Alzheimers

Memory Care Options:

Community Living Environment, In-Home Services, Adult Day Centers

There are a variety of services available to assist and enrich the lives of those with Alzheimer’s and it begins with choosing whether to be a member of a community living environment, receiving in-home services, or participating at an adult day center. Consulting your doctor and encouraging family members as well as the person with Alzheimer’s to participate in care planning can keep everyone involved in the process.

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Community Living Environment

Living in a community provides a higher level of care and attention than can be provided in-home and can be a long-term solution. Continuing Care Retirement Communities provide a continuum of care (Independent Living, Assisted Living, Memory Care, Skilled Nursing and Senior Rehabilitation) based on the individual needs. The resident is able to move through the different levels of care within the same community, keeping them settled in once place. Assisted Living can bridge the gap between living independently and living in a place specially designed for Memory Care residents. Make sure to inquire about family inclusion within the services, communities who include family into their overall care plans see a large change in the residents’ quality of life.

Memory Care services are securely supervised 24/7 with staff who are trained in dementia care. Staff members are able to provide personalized care, meet specific needs, abilities and interests. Most families pay for residential care costs out of their own pockets. Types of benefits that may cover nursing care include long-term care insurance (check the policy as certain requirements may need to be met before receiving benefits), Veterans benefits, and Medicaid.

Include family in care plans Falling is the #1 cause of death and injury in seniors
 
In-Home Services

In-Home Services

In-Home services vary and can be medical (with a licensed health professional) or non-medical. Services include Companion Services (Help with supervision, recreational activities or visiting), Personal care services (Help with bathing, dressing, toileting, eating exercising or other personal care), Homemaker services (Help with housekeeping, shopping or meal preparation), and Skilled Care (Help with wound care, injections, medical needs by a licensed professional). Depending on the situation, family or relatives can be the in-home caregivers. Costs for home care services vary depending on many factors, including what services are being provided, where you live, and whether the expenses qualify for Medicare or private insurance coverage.

Live Long Well Care® at Brightwater is dedicated to providing the best supportive care for seniors in the comfort of their own home. And, we are providing this high-quality care with an Industry Best Hourly Minimum. Learn more
 
In-Home Services

Adult Day Centers

Adult day centers are a program where those with Alzheimer’s and dementia can participate in activities in a safe environment. This can be a much needed break for caregivers who are utilizing at-home services for loved ones. Services within the day centers include counseling and support for people with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and their families, health services, nutrition, personal care, activities, behavior management, etc. Many centers offer their services based on a sliding scale, where caregivers pay according to ability or income. In some states, Medicaid covers cost for people with very low income and few assets.

33% of seniors in adult day care have Alzheimer's
 
To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors
– Tia Walker
Action Plan for Living With Alzheimer's

Action Plan for Alzheimer’s

Creating an action plan for Alzheimer’s after being diagnosed is imperative. Early planning allows the person with Alzheimer’s or dementia to express his or her wishes for future care. Additionally, early planning allows time to work through the complex legal and financial issues involved with caring for someone in long-term care. While emotionally coming to terms with the disease can be a lengthy process.

The two initial steps to take include deciding on a caregiver or care services and evaluating you or your loved ones financial assets to ensure a solid plan is in place as the disease continues to develop.

1. WHERE TO START, WHO CAN HELP?

Receiving a diagnosis that you or your loved one has Alzheimer’s is never easy. The person who has been diagnosed, along with their family and friends can experience a challenging range of emotions in reference to the diagnosis. Emotions include those of Anger, Relief, Denial, Depression, Resentment, Fear, Isolation and Sense of Loss. Coming to terms with the diagnosis and those emotions will be different for everyone. Many people begin to feel alone, disconnected, isolated or abandoned from others during this time and it’s imperative to remember that nobody is alone on this journey.

83% of the help is provided by unpaid caregivers
Staying connected to the individual, family & friends during this time is crucial

Being socially connected and supported whether it’s through support groups, doctors, counselors, clergy, etc. can help put the disease into perspective and provide the support and encouragement necessary to move forward. Your doctor is an important member of your care team, they’re able to answer all of the questions that you may have regarding the diagnosis, the disease, treatment, clinical trials, care and support as well as your care team moving forward.

2. FINANCIAL PLANNING

Financially planning for Alzheimer’s is a necessary ‘next step’ in the process to take with family, friends, a financial appointee and/or lawyer. Putting financial plans and estate planning into place as soon as the diagnosis has been made can help secure a healthy financial future. Taking the time to identify costs of care, reviewing government benefits, long term care insurance policies, Veterans benefits and coming to a conclusion on who will handle financial responsibilities is imperative for you or your loved one to plan for the future.

Plan early to secure a financial future

As Alzheimer’s begins to progress, the tasks of daily life, including financial responsibility can become hard to manage. Having a plan in place can ensure that care needs are met is essential. You and your loved ones will need to consider the costs that might be faced currently and plan for future costs.

CARE COSTS CAN INCLUDE

  • – Medical treatments and doctor visits
  • – Medical equipment
  • – Safety-related expenses
  • – Prescription drugs
  • – Personal Care supplies
  • – In-Home and Daily Care services
  • – A full-time Memory Care residence
The average household spends $97,455/year on senior care

Part 2B – Memory Care Options (In-Home, Facility, Day Centers)

Resources for financial planning include the National Council on Aging, a Financial Advisor, and Elder Law Attorneys. Make sure to check qualifications such as professional credentials, work experience, educational background and areas of specialty.

Visit ALZ.ORG for more information.

11 Tips for Motivation While Searching for a Job

11 Tips for Motivation While Searching for a Job

When you’re looking for a job it can seem endless, submitting application after application only to hear nothing back. Staying positive is imperative and so is believing it is going to pay off and you’re going to find the perfect fit! Finding the right ways to keep yourself motivated and positive can be vital to your mental health and help make this process easier. We have created a list of methods to fuel your motivation while swimming in the job pool. Check them out below:

1. Get a Mentor

When you are neck deep in job applications and feeling like you are losing your direction, having a mentor can help you through it. Someone who has been there and will walk you through the important paths to take can be beneficial and help rationalize your stress!

2. Talk to your Employed Friends

When you are conversing with people who are in the workforce, it can help you learn more about various industries and opportunities. They can be insiders to openings that their companies have and may help network you into an interview!

Get a mentor, Talk to you employed friends
Eat healthy

3. Eat Healthy

Finding yourself in a rut in any aspect of your life, you can lose sight of things that make you feel good! When you’re properly nourishing your body – that means you’re going to fuel yourself to have more energy throughout the day and feel better overall!

4. Find a Killer Work Out Class

Working out can be a drag for some people, unless you find the perfect work out class for you! That means you could try a few different types – Pilates, Barre, Yoga, CrossFit, or Cycling! There is something out there that can get you your daily amount of exercise and help you feel passionate in a new hobby!

5. Try a New Job-Search Technique

If searching for jobs is repetitive and you feel like you’re not making any head way in the job hunt, switch it up! Every few days find new ways to search for jobs – look on Instagram for Careers pages, Facebook Jobs, or visit LinkedIn! Job searching doesn’t need to be boring so switch it up to stay motivated.

6. Don’t Listen to The News

The news can be negative to those who are trying to find their next career move. Every industry and city are different so taking that into consideration is very important because the numbers don’t always matter. Don’t let them get your confidence down and create negative thoughts about what your success is going to look like.

7. Think “Glass Half Full”

Keeping a positive attitude is a key part of this narrative – you can’t get through this job search without adopting a “glass half full” mentality. Focusing on the fact that things consistently don’t work out can really wear on your mental state, so keeping this in mind will help ensure you’re going to get through this.

8. Take a break during the job hunt

This may seem counterintuitive because you’re supposed to be landing your next job, but everyone needs a break. Find one day and one activity that you can dedicate to yourself – not the job search!

9. Get Constructive Criticism about Your Resume

Learning to take constructive criticism about your work is very important to your career, so make changes early. Have someone you trust read through your resume and cover letter to see if they can help you with wording and grammatical errors!

10. Find media that inspires you

In times of high stress and low motivation, finding people and things that motivate you to keep going are imperative! Whether it is your favorite celebrity or an influencer who is very open about real experiences they have gone through – find those media outlets that inspire you to keep going!

11. Focus on keeping a positive mental & physical state

Overall, you can do so many different things to keep yourself motivated but it is incredibly important to have a positive mental and physical state because self-health is always a priority! Maintaining good overall health will allow you to truly focus on the job hunt in the end.

11. Focus on keeping a positive mental & physical state

Overall, you can do so many different things to keep yourself motivated but it is incredibly important to have a positive mental and physical state because self-health is always a priority! Maintaining good overall health will allow you to truly focus on the job hunt in the end.

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Cleaning Up Your Social Media for Potential Employers

Cleaning Up Your Social Media for Potential Employers:

The Importance, Tips & Tricks, and How to Stay Professional

You might find this task to be irrelevant to landing your next job, but with the amount of hiring that is happening on social media platforms in 2018 – LinkedIn can’t be your only “professional” social platform anymore. We are going to lay out some steps that you can take to balance your social vs professional content without taking away the reason you have the platforms in the first place.

Your initial step needs to be to Google yourself – see what you can find. Did those old Spring Break 2011 pictures show up in the first three image searches? The top few hyperlinks are going to be the first impression you make on employers, so make sure they are something you want them to see. It is essential that your Google search is tidy because an employer will see the same thing you see.

Tip:

Check the first four results that pop up as links and photos – what are they and how do you feel about them? When you have a positive view of yourself on Google, an employer will likely have the same opinion. You can think about what your perception of yourself is – if you’re proud of it then it’s good.

Your next step is to go through and clean up those photos, statuses, tweets, and anything which you do not want anyone besides your close friends to see. There is no shame in having freedom on the internet, but if you want to keep your accounts public – there should be guidelines that you set for yourself! Find the balance of showing your interests as strengths and keep the other information private.

Tip:

Update your profile photo to a picture of yourself and create a cover photo that highlights an interest or special achievement in your life. Take the time to remove any unnecessary information from your ‘About’ section, think about those “jobs” you had in high school – did you really work for “myself to better myself” or attend “Mrs. Puff’s Boating School”? These statements look unprofessional and/or dated. It is important to keep everything up to date and polished on your profile.
Lock your profile
Lock your profile

After those items are gone, it’s a good idea to lock your profile. This is a personal decision, but it will allow you to keep your privacy under your control! When filling out job applications, employers have the ability to see your social media profiles, so it’s important to decide which content is open to the public. If you are worried about recent posts and don’t have time to go through your profile, set heavy privacy settings to prevent the outside world from looking in.

Tip:

Facebook has made it easy to control what is posted on your profile by setting notifications to review tags in photos and statuses, so nothing is posted without your permission. Turn on these notifications and review all content before posting it on your page to ensure that it is something you want everyone to see.

The moral of the story is social media offers a great way to express yourself and connect with friends or family who do not live close to you, but be careful with what you’re posting. You do not know who can see the photos, statuses, and articles that are shared and what that content will mean to an employer. There is a fine line between what is seen as positive in the eyes of an employer and what is too causual. Since social media is so relevant in hiring, make sure your profile is professional looking by taking precautionary steps such as polishing your profile and activating privacy settings. These changes do not mean losing your online identity, they ensure you will be found in the best possible light. Highlight your hobbies, passions, and interests in new ways to show friends and family how much fun you’re having on the weekends. Technology has impacted hiring practices, which affects the necessary items on your checklist when on the job hunt. Take these steps seriously and you will be on your way to a great opportunity!