Saturday, June 27, 2009

Poems offering support for those with Alzheimer's disease

Activities directors, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, here is an article in Denver Daily News that might interest you

by Gene Davis, DDN Staff Writer

Beyond Forgetting
Poetry and prose about Alzheimer's disease

Anyone who has a loved one suffering from a debilitating disease needs all the support they can get, and a new collection of poems is doing what it can to provide companionship to people who are losing someone to Alzheimer’s disease.

“Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s disease” is a collection of selected poetry and prose from 100 writers who encountered Alzheimer’s disease firsthand. With Alzheimer’s disease becoming increasingly prevalent, there are more people than ever who need the support of knowing that they are not alone in their experiences, said Holly Hughes, the editor of “Beyond Forgetting.”

“I think poetry is really important to witness these difficult passages and help us through them,” she said. “Whenever I found poems, I felt very supported by somebody’s experiences and I wanted to do the same for other people.”

Hughes wrote numerous poems while losing her mother to Alzheimer’s disease in 2001. When reading some of the Alzheimer’s-related poems out in public, there would always be a few people who wanted a copy because they knew someone with the disease.

“During that time period, writing poetry was what more about Beyond Forgetting

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