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Poetry & Dementia

Reading poetry aloud to people with dementia can have a positive impact on their mental wellbeing. It can improve mood, encourage social interaction, unearth lost memories and spark imagination. We have enjoyed ‘shared reading’ sessions at our own dementia cafés and our clients even wrote some of their own poems. We started them off with a simple exercise: write down the name of your favourite place, colour, flower and season and a feeling or emotion. For example: Spain, green, tulips, summer and joy. Then build a poem around these words. Check out some of our clients’ poems below!


La Brea by A Trinidian

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Brea is the place of my birth
I always think of La Brea and the blue sea
Blue is my favourite colour and I think of
when I was a child and going for a swim

Summer is lovely, bright and hot
With all the pink coronation flowers
I pick for mother
It’s good to be home when I can swim
In that lovely, blue sea


Bluebells by A Londoner

 

 

 

 

 

 

I walked through London parks the other day
I looked up and all seemed blue
With beautiful bluebells on the ground around
I felt the sadness as the day came to a close


Dublin by P. Farrell

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love Dublin because of the boats and it’s where I grew up
The green, green grass and meadows and fishermen
The smell of roses makes me feel good
I had a good feeling this morning that it would be a good day