Psychological effects of poetry workshops with people with early stage dementia: an exploratory study

Dementia (London). 2014 Mar 1;13(2):207-15. doi: 10.1177/1471301212456279. Epub 2012 Aug 17.


Objective: The aim of this study was to test the effectiveness of writing poetry on psychological functioning in people with early stage dementia.

Method: A series of poetry writing workshops was conducted with four women, at the end of which a one-on-one short structured interview was conducted.

Results: All of the women said that they benefited from the workshops, but their experiences differed greatly. Themes included competence and self-efficacy, personal growth, wanting to contribute and poetry writing as a way of coping with the progression of the condition.

Conclusion: Creative activities such as writing poetry hold promise for enhancing the quality of life of people with dementia.

Keywords: creativity; dementia; poetry as topic; qualitative research.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Creativity*
  • Dementia / therapy*
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Poetry as Topic*
  • Quality of Life
  • Recreation Therapy*