Dementia Week – Friends Group

Poetry With Friends

During Dementia Awareness Week, poet and printer Francesca Kay worked with patients with early-onset dementia at Barry Hospital St Barruc’s Ward’s Friends Group. Their words, along with words contributed by University Hospital Llandough staff, were compiled into poetry pieces that reflected the complexity of memories affected by dementia. The project gave voice and creative expression to patients, contributing to their sense of dignity and self-worth. Staff also benefited through new ways of interacting with their patients. The poetry was part of the ‘Threads: Memory in Focus’ exhibition which explored the fluid and complicated nature of memory. The exhibition was open to the public until 1 June 2016. This activity has helped increase well-being for participants and creates greater social and community cohesion by including the family of patients in the project.

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