Friday, September 16, 2011

Poetry for those with dementia

Activities directors and other healthcare professionals here is a great dementia resource for caregivers and healthcare professinals.

Here is information on being the best caregiver you can be

Here is a way for nurses administrators, social workers and other health care  professionals to get an easyceu or two

She suddenly found that the final stanza of Philip Larkin's "Talking in Bed," for instance, "captures a truth about trying to talk to a person with dementia that I have rarely seen acknowledged, let alone so crisply and authoritatively put":
It becomes still more difficult to find
Words at once true and kind
Or not untrue and not unkind.
As for her own poems, the one that may capture what she has gone through as crisply and authoritatively as Larkin's is "Hotel," originally titled "Dementia Blues," Hadas' "sole experiment in the blues form." Here are the first two stanzas:
Living with dementia is like riding on a carousel.
I said dementia is a big old carousel.
And you can't get off, but it turns into a hotel.
Year after year they reserve you the same space.
Year after year they save you the same old place.
They forget your name, but they never forget your face.
The way literary habits come to her aid is perhaps clearest in the chapter called "Similes." As Hadas explains:

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