Posted on Aug 19, 2016
Poetry 101 for Seniors and In Home Help
Poetry has long been thought to hold the key for unlocking emotions and feelings through the written word. Poems don’t have to be lengthy to convey a message and range in style from a haiku to a sonnet. Poetry is a wonderful tool for bringing to life mental images and spark creativity in seniors.
There are some health benefits of poetry when read aloud to seniors. The mind is forced to think outside the box when listening to the words. The flow of the verses can be inspiring as well as therapeutic to the mind. Even those who claim they are not fans of poetry can agree that listening to poems is enjoyable and relatable.
When looking for ways to connect with an elderly adult, look no further than the art of poetry. Studies have found that reading poetry and creating new verses can be very helpful in boosting one’s overall health. Poetry reading can lower blood pressure, regulate breathing and heart rates, and decrease pain in those who are suffering from chronic pain.
Poetry doesn’t have to be in the sophisticated form of Edgar Allan Poe to be useful. Even childhood poems such as “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” can revive memories for those who might have forgotten simpler times. Poetry is a wonderful tool for reviving that which has been lost due to memory loss with Alzheimer’s disease.
Just as with any new idea, treat the art of poetry as something to start small in. Aiming to rhyme words won’t necessarily lead to a great poem. Free writing in a journal is a great way to jot down thoughts quickly and to later find some voice to the words on paper. No matter if a poem is created from a flow of words; it is a great way to connect with an elderly loved one by reading the words they wish to share. Reading a poem aloud that was created personally or by a famous writer is also a great way to bond; it’s the time spent together that matters most.
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