Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me. -Sigmund Freud

Research

OBSERVATION OF BEHAVIORS
AMONG MEMORY IMPAIRED ADULTS DURING A POETRY READING

Submitted to the School of Graduate Nursing
In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements
For the Degree of
Master of Science in Nursing

By
Lynn Green

Indiana Wesleyan University
Marion, Indiana
December, 2009

This paper by Lynn Green takes the Alzheimer's Poetry Project as its subject and is the first formal research into our performance and writing techniques. Here is a quote from the paper, "A qualitative descriptive approach was used to describe behaviors during a poetry session, while a phenomenological method was used to extract themes from the data. Poetry provided the conduit for eight memory-impaired participants to express their memories in a caring environment. From the observations, poetry emerged as a positive intervention that allows for human connection and the resurfacing of self."

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