Navigating Alzheimer’s with Poetry: Insights from Caregivers and Poets

Authors in Navigating Alzheimer's with Poetry: Insights from Caregivers and Poets Podcast

By Marianne Sciucco, New York, US

Welcome to another insightful episode of Untangling Alzheimer’s and Dementia, and a replay of our recent book club discussion with Aging and Amazing. In this episode, we bring together a panel of poets who share a common thread—each has navigated the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia. Your hosts, Marianne Sciucco and Ann Campanella, along with guest authors Daniel Potts, MD, Sue Fagalde Lick, Sherri Levine, and Margaret Stawowy delve into the world of poetry as a powerful outlet for expressing the complex emotions tied to Alzheimer’s and dementia care.

Listen as these courageous caregivers discuss how poetry provides solace and a sense of connection amidst the trials of caregiving. From Sherri Levine’s poignant reflections on taking flowers to her mother in hospice, to Margaret Stawowy’s candid portrayal of medicating her mother, and Dan Potts’s therapeutic use of art and poetry to connect with his father, each story shines a light on the personal battles and moments of tenderness that define the caregiving experience.

We also have laughter amid the hardships as Sue Lick shares a day in the life at a nursing home through her evocative poetry. Don’t miss her heartwarming tale of memory care residents joyously indulging in ice cream.

Tune in to find inspiration, empathy, and perhaps a new way to process your own experiences through the beauty of poetry.

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Three Key Takeaways

1. Therapeutic Expression: Poetry serves as a potent form of therapy, helping caregivers process complex emotions and find joy amidst adversity.

2. Community and Support: Sharing stories and artistic expressions can cultivate a community of support, making the dementia journey less isolating.

3. Finding Humor: Embracing moments of joy and laughter is crucial, as highlighted by our lighthearted story, showing the importance of positivity in caregiving.

About the Authors

Sherri LevineStealing Flowers from the Neighbors

Sue Fagalde Lick, Gravel Road Ahead

Daniel Potts, MDBringing Art to Life

Margaret Stawowy, co-editor of Storms of the Inland Sea, an anthology with Jim Cokas

About the Moderators

Ann Campanella, What Flies Away and The Beach Poems

Marianne Sciucco, Blue Hydrangeas, an Alzheimer’s love story

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About the Podcast 

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