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Dementia (London). 2014 Mar 1;13(2):207-15. doi: 10.1177/1471301212456279. Epub 2012 Aug 17.

Psychological effects of poetry workshops with people with early stage dementia: an exploratory study.

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University of South Australia, Australia.

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to test the effectiveness of writing poetry on psychological functioning in people with early stage dementia.

METHOD:

A series of poetry writing workshops was conducted with four women, at the end of which a one-on-one short structured interview was conducted.

RESULTS:

All of the women said that they benefited from the workshops, but their experiences differed greatly. Themes included competence and self-efficacy, personal growth, wanting to contribute and poetry writing as a way of coping with the progression of the condition.

CONCLUSION:

Creative activities such as writing poetry hold promise for enhancing the quality of life of people with dementia.

KEYWORDS:

creativity; dementia; poetry as topic; qualitative research

PMID:
24599814
DOI:
10.1177/1471301212456279
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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