CHANGE THE WORLD POETRY PIE 1 stubborn poet. 1 lifetime of work. 1 billion minds. Simmer on low for a long time, stir gently, and change the world one mind at a time.
Change the World Poetry Pie—just one of the many recipes in Dementia Arts—provides the “ingredients” for making a difference in the lives of people with dementia by tapping into their creativity. Author Gary Glazner, founder of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project (APP) and Institute for Dementia Education and Arts (IDEA) guides readers in using poetry and the arts to increase interaction and encourage amusement and joy in dementia care.
With a focus on demonstrating how anyone—not just poets or artists—can effortlessly incorporate creative verbal expression into activities of daily living (ADLs), this book emphasizes simple poetry techniques and how they can be combined with dance, exercise, music, storytelling, and visual art to facilitate a new and positive way of communicating with people in all stages of dementia.
Discover within these pages your inner creativity through
- simple tips for building a poetry session, including call and response, poems as discussion starters, incorporating props, and creating group poems
- specific guidelines and advice for creating poems as a caregiver
- joyful and creative poems and advice on selecting poems
- humorous and distinctive approaches to dementia care, from “The Ballad of the Happy Guitar” to “Gary’s Feel the Burn Poetry Party”
- creative ways to make ADLs more enjoyable using props, poems, movement, and song
- over 35 recipes of engaging activities that elicit smiles and laughter
Sprinkled throughout are delightful and touching anecdotes about using poetry as a caregiver, both in groups and one-on-one. Professional and family caregivers will discover the joy in poetry and the arts, and how easily and fully they can be employed to achieve positive results and inspire truly meaningful connections.
Exceptionally unique and easy to implement, Dementia Arts seeks to entertain, inspire, guide, and help family caregivers, as well as professionals in assisted living, long-term care, and adult day who want to support and enhance the lives of elders. Here is the recipe to communication success.