“We’re creating a poem about love, and I want to ask you, when you hear the word love, what do you think of? What comes to mind for you?”
Friendship and connection compose the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, a program founded in 2004. Appleton Health Care Center (Appleton, WI) and other dementia care facilities are participating in what project founder Gary Glazner calls a “call-and-response” approach to sparking engagement and creativity in residents who have dementia. In a two-part workshop, a session leader recites well-known poems with residents, and then engages residents in using the recited poems as inspiration for creating a new poem.
Check out the video below in which Gary works with residents to craft a poem about love—and incites laughter and fun in the process.
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