Mar 14, 2018
From 2-3pm, Tor-Na-Dee will open its doors for an afternoon of word play and rhyming fun. 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 Tor-Na-Dee care home will be celebrating the day by reading a number of their favourite poems and rhymes aloud. Alexander Donald, a Tor-Na-Dee resident and published poet, will also join the festivities and share some of his poems.
In preparation for the event, residents are also being encouraged to put 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, Maureen Barrett, said: “World Poetry Day provides a fantastic opportunity for residents here at Tor-Na-Dee to share their favourite poems, which has many therapeutic benefits, particularly for those living with dementia.
“For many residents, it can evoke fond memories and emotions from their younger years. Whether reading, writing or listening to poetry, the calming effect that these activities have can ease anxiety and can help combat loneliness, while also bringing residents together through a common cause.
“We are looking forward to having Alexander sharing with us and the local community his favourite poems for what we are sure will be a fantastic day of poetry.”
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