Mowat Court is preparing to take part in World Poetry Day this March.
Residents have got their poetry books at the ready and are looking forward to taking part in a poetry reading as part of World Poetry Day, taking place on Wednesday 21st March.
World Poetry Day is an annual celebration of rhythmic literature and promotes the reading, writing, publishing and teaching of poetry throughout the world.
Residents at Mowat Court care home will be celebrating the day by reading a number of their favourite poems and rhymes aloud. In preparation for the event, residents are putting pen to paper to create their own short verses and poems to enter into Care UK’s poetry competition, which is taking place nationwide to mark World Poetry Day.
Home manager, Kirsten Bell explained why Mowat Court care home is taking part in World Poetry Day: “Poems and limericks are something that we have all grown up with, and most people will have a favourite that they can recall from their younger years, so reading these can be a meaningful reminiscence activity.
“For older people living with dementia, somebody reading aloud to them – whether it be a poem or short story – can have many therapeutic benefits. Not only is it calming, but it is also helpful for people with restricted eyesight, and soothing for those who are less able to communicate.
“Poetry is a great way to express emotions and memories, and writing your own verses is an enjoyable activity for all the family.”