Poetry Therapy with Frail Elderly in a Nursing Home

Abstract

This study examined the relative efficacy of a poetry group which encouraged the expression of memories and imagination among frail elderly residents of a nursing home over a period of nine months. A sample of six elder adults (mean age 86.67, range 77 to 95) attended a minimum of 10 out of 28 sessions of the poetry group. There was an average of four people per group per session. The results indicated that the medium of oral poetry composition facilitated the formation of peer friendship among frail institutionalized elderly, increased their expression of affect, impacted upon staff treatment of residents, and resulted in the publication of an anthology. Implications for poetry groups involving frail elderly nursing home residents are discussed.

This is a preview of subscription content, log in to check access.

References

  1. Koch. K. (1977). I never told anybody: Teaching poetry writing in a nursing home. New York: Random House

    Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Affiliations

Authors

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Sue Silvermarie M.S.W..

Rights and permissions

Reprints and Permissions

About this article

Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Silvermarie, S. Poetry Therapy with Frail Elderly in a Nursing Home. J Poetry Ther 2, 72–83 (1988). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03391322

Download citation