The best words, in the best order: A toolkit for making poems in dementia care settings

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Courtyard Hereford

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This toolkit  is designed to support poets, care staff or anyone interested in running a poetry project in dementia care settings. It is an accessible, concise yet comprehensive guide covering both working one to one and working with groups and has links to a range of other useful online resources.

It was created by The Courtyard’s Arts and Older People Project, in collaboration with poetry mentor John Killick. The Arts and Older People Project is based at The Courtyard Centre for the Arts in Hereford. In 2012 they became the first arts centre in the UK to join the dementia Action Alliance (dAA), which is made up of over 100 organisations committed to transforming the quality of life of people living with dementia and their carers.

Established in 2010, this project enables local arts practitioners to deliver participatory arts based workshops for older people across the county, including those living in residential care settings. The project aims to combat isolation for older people living in rural areas through direct access to the arts, and to improve their personal independence by allowing them to become more active, improving health, wellbeing and quality of life.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Wellbeing / Quality of life

Context: Community

Participant Group: Specific Physical Health Condition

Art Forms: Literature

Access Type: Free Download

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Courtyard Hereford (2017). The best words, in the best order: A toolkit for making poems in dementia care settings. Hereford: The Courtyard Centre for the Arts.