“My Favourite Things”

“My Favourite Things”

CAREGIVERS NEED A BREAK. Music and singing can be a wonderful release for anxious days and edgy moments. You might not skip through your condo, but you might move your emotional level up toward happiness.

I bet you cannot read these words without singing or humming the tune in your head. Think: “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. **

musical Sound of Music

Yes, words are a spoof. Note these new melodic lyrics focus on seniors and the life they find once they cross into their ‘elder years.’


(No, it’s not about running away!)

Have fun and sing as if no one is listening! 🎵 😉

Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Cadillacs and cataracts and hearing aids and glasses,
Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
These are a few of my favorite things.


When the pipes leak,
When the bones creak,
When the knees go bad.
I simply remember my favorite things,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

Hot tea and crumpets, and corn pads for bunions,
No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
Bathrobes and heat pads and hot meals they bring,
These are a few of my favorite things.

Back pains, confused brains, and no fear of sinnin’,
Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin’,
And we won’t mention our short shrunken frames,
When we remember our favorite things.


When the joints ache,
when the hips break,
When the eyes grow dim,
Then I remember the great life I’ve had,
And then I don’t feel so bad.

These lyrics are of unknown authorship. The original lyrics and music by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

kittens with whiskers
Whiskers on kittens…

** Over the years, since at least 2001, these lyrics have been attributed, erroneously, to singer Julie Andrews. Snopes.com confirms she neither wrote the words nor sang them for her birthday during a Radio Music Hall birthday benefit for AARP.
NONE OF IT ever happened.


Article “My Favourite Things” (c) Judith Allen Shone
I did not write these revised lyrics to the song.

BE PREPARED for the role of caregivermy stories from my life as a spouse-caregiver are written in real time just like the stories I tell here. Read the stories I share to become prepared for life in the world of Alzheimer’s!

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