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How poetry helps engage people living with dementia

An article in The Guardian on 19th March, 2019, highlights that poetry helps to engage people living with dementia. It includes a quote from Kate McDonnell from the Liverpudlian charity, ‘The Reader’ who says, “… poetry blows on embers, and you never know where that spark is going to ignite”. The article also quotes, Philip Davis, the director of the Centre for Research into Reading, Literature and Society at the University of Liverpool saying “Poetry resonates particularly well with those with dementia.”


Bonnie Day has witnessed how poetry engages first hand in care and nursing homes, lunch clubs and with families. This is why we published our poetry and activity books and DVD. Reading together can ‘spark’ many memories and encourage conversation.

It is wonderful that more people are using the power of poetry to make special moments with their older relatives and friends.