Initially, Janet ran a twelve week poetry workshop with HomeShare members at the Community Care Centre in Lincoln. “The idea was to use poetry as a creative, social activity for older people in a way that was meaningful, mentally stimulating, sociable and fun,” said HomeShare Coordinator Chris Guerin.
“This kind of engagement can be especially meaningful to our HomeShare clients; many of whom are socially isolated and experiencing cognitive impairment.”
Participants spent their time sharing and recalling well-known poems, then writing their own collective pieces to listen to and enjoy.
Janet is continuing to work with other Enliven HomeShare groups
in the region.
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My wife and I
Retired to a bay
On the Coromandel.
A wonderful place.
A sandy beach.
We’d swim together.
Take out a small boat
In the afternoon.
Catch a snapper.
Cook it for tea.