Care home tackles dementia with creativity

Cavell Court care home in Cringleford are preparing to celebrate National Poetry Day on October 4. P

Cavell Court care home in Cringleford are preparing to celebrate National Poetry Day on October 4. Photo: Care UK - Credit: Care UK

A community is uniting in verse for a national day celebrating poetry.

Cavell Court care home in Cringleford is inviting the public to join residents in celebrating National Poetry Day on Thursday, October 4.

Students from Pathways College will be reading a number of their favourite poems and rhymes aloud in celebration of the day.

In preparation for the event, residents are being encouraged to get their creative juices flowing by putting pen to paper to create their own poems, as part of Care UK's nationwide poetry competition.

Home manager, Jennie Rodger, at Cavell Court, said: 'We're joining in with National Poetry Day this year to promote the enjoyment, discovery and sharing of poetry across all age groups.


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'Reading poems, or being read to, can have many therapeutic benefits, especially for older people, including increasing social interaction, encouraging creativity and reducing anxiety. Poetry can even stimulate memories, encouraging reminiscence, which is incredibly beneficial for older people, particularly those living with dementia.'

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