Hymns for Elders with Dementia: Free Downloads!

I am so excited to offer these hymn downloads for free! Thank you to all my financial backers and amazing musicians for making this possible. (Read this FAQ for background on this project.)

Download “Let the People Rejoice” — 86 classic hymns. (It’s a large zip file, about 327MB, so it will take a minute or two.)

Click here for a PDF file of all the song lyrics.

Click here for a PDF of song lyrics with page numbers.

Here’s a link to listen to single songs or see the entire song list.

Christmas album

Download “O Come All Ye Faithful” — 20 Christmas hymns arranged as sing-alongs for elders with dementia.1-1

Download the Christmas songbook.

More info

If you have trouble with the downloads, read this troubleshooting guide.

A reminder: These professionally recorded hymns are not typical performance tracks. They are specifically arranged as sing-alongs for elders with Alzheimer’s and other dementias; that is, slower, shorter, and in a lower key than usual. (But of course anyone may enjoy them.)

Here’s a good, simple article about how MP3 files work. As the article says, “MP3 is simply a file format that compresses a song into a smaller size so it is easier to move around and store on your home computer or portable music player,” such as an iPhone or iPod.

How to use these recordings

With this hymns collection, you can:

  • Create a personalized playlist for your elder with the songs he or she loves.
  • Offer a hymn sing-along session at your eldercare community.
  • Provide an hour-long worship service at your eldercare residence, complete with ready-made worship agendas and songs. (If you’re not sure which songs to choose for a church service, don’t worry: I’ll be creating ready-to-use hymnals very soon.)
  • Use the songs as calming background music for someone who is agitated, resting, or nearing the end of life.
  • Enjoy them yourself anytime!

If I’m missing one of your favorite hymns, please let me know in the comments below.

Peace be with you,

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16 thoughts on “Hymns for Elders with Dementia: Free Downloads!

  1. Barb Beyer says:

    Elisa, I LOVE these songs! So very well done. Thank you! I look forward to the Christmas collection. I would also ask you to consider adding: Count Your Blessings, There Shall Be Showers of Blessing (I have found it helpful to remind people of their blessings),Christ Arose!,Jesus is All the World to Me, and The Church’s One Foundation.
    Thank you,
    Barb Beyer

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    • elisa bosley says:

      Barb, thank you! I keep saying I won’t be able to resist adding more someday, and adding praise songs as the elder generation becomes “younger” (that is, they attended churches where praise songs were sung). One good thing: The Church’s One Foundation is already there 🙂 Blessings, Elisa

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      • Barb Beyer says:

        Thanks for pointing that out, Elisa. I must have missed that one. I’m checking the hymns I suggest to accompany Bible studies against the hymns you already have on your site, so I can recommend that people go there. Still plodding along with my studies and trying not to get discouraged. Sometime I’d love to get up to Boulder and take you to lunch!

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  2. Julie Folch says:

    This is so absolutely wonderful! I used to sing my mother to sleep and she would be at peace as I sung the old hymns. Sometimes she would remember the songs and sing along. Precious memories for me.

    Please consider adding ‘Great Is Thy Faithfulness’.

    God bless you for this gift to us.

    Julie

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    • elisa bosley says:

      Julie, thank you so much! I agree, the peace that comes from these songs is incalculable. I can’t count the number of times I’ve sung hymns over someone who is passing from this life to the next.
      Also: You’ll be happy to know that “Great is Thy Faithfulness” is already recorded and will be uploaded within a week (I hope) with the final batch of 12 songs. Next up: Christmas hymns!

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  3. Vicki Wieland says:

    Please consider adding In the Sweet By and By. It was one of my Dad’s favorite’s. My Mom’s favorite was Beautiful Isle of Somewhere.

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  4. rosemarylounsbury says:

    I loved this. Please consider: “Now Thank We All Our God”; “Come Ye Thankful People, Come”; and “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.” And since I’m Catholic I’ll also request “Holy God, We Praise Thy Name.” On another note, because the audiences may be quite similar, one or two of the “Patriotic” pieces such as the Battle Hymn of the Republic, America the Beautiful, etc…Eternal Father Strong To Save…that sort. Thank you so much for doing this. Bless you.

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  5. Eric Campbell says:

    What an incredible resource! I’ve never seen something so thoughtful, or so knowledgeable on a musical level as well as what is most helpful for the aged. The Lord bless you immensely for making something like this available, and that for free. Wonderful!

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  6. Glenda Cloutier says:

    I am loving what you are doing here and so grateful I found you through the World and Everything in it podcast. I’m looking forward to speaking with you sometime. I would like to add a request for your next batch: How Firm a Foundation.

    Thank you!

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