Sep 27, 2018 by Alan White
For seniors living with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, the arts and poetry have been shown to have a major impact on their lives and can sometimes even help slow down the symptoms associated with their ailments. Whether writing their own pieces or reading a collection of their favorite works, poetry can make a huge difference in the physical, mental, and emotional states of elderly adults.
Poetry, like many art forms, is nonlinear which allows its partakers to interpret it however the like. This helps seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s by forcing their brains to use muscles that aren’t normally used. “The arts bypass some of the pathways that are being damaged in Alzheimer’s disease and tap into ones that are not normally utilized,” says Daniel Potts, a neurologist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. So while the parts of the brain that are damaged can lose some of their function, art like poetry can open up new avenues to reach our loved ones afflicted by memory loss-related diseases.
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