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Poetry With People With Dementia: An Evaluation of a Two Year Project Engaging in Poetry Activities With Older People in Residential and Nursing Homes.

Lillyman, Sue and Pearce, Ruth and Saunders, A. and Allen, P. (2014) Poetry With People With Dementia: An Evaluation of a Two Year Project Engaging in Poetry Activities With Older People in Residential and Nursing Homes. The Journal of the Institute of Ageing and Health (West Midlands), (19). pp. 12-15. ISSN 1364-9752

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Abstract

This paper is a summary of an evaluation of the first two years of a three year poetry project for older people with dementia. The project was set up with a poet in residence who mentored six poets to deliver poetry activities to older people and those with dementia in residential and care homes in Herefordshire. The project was developed and run by the Courtyards Hereford. The evaluation was undertake through the use of questionnaires that were given to staff and carers undertaking training workshops and the poets, staff and carers in the homes who facilitated the activities and finally by the residents who took part in the project. The main findings were that participants that responded to the questionnaire for staff and carers it had increased confidence and assisted them in gaining more knowledge about the residents, whilst for residents it had a number of positive effects including enhanced communication, increased self-esteem and enhanced self-worth whilst making them feel less isolated.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: dementia, poetry, creative writing, well-being, self-esteem
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Health and Society
Depositing User: Ruth Pearce
Date Deposited: 21 Nov 2014 11:45
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2016 09:07
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3468

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