CANCELLED: How Art!: Poetry and the Mind

26 March 2020 5:30pm


Presented by Alzheimer’s Otago in partnership with Dunedin Public Libraries, join us for an evening of poetry and discussion on the subject of Dementia.

Dunedin-based poet Sue Wootton, and Professor Yoram Barak, Associate Professor of Psychogeriatrics at the Dunedin School of Medicine, explore the power of poetry on improving outcomes for dementia sufferers and their families. The evening will include readings from poet Des O’Brien’s collection “How Art”: a set of poems that reflect on, and wrestle with, the day-to-day realities of Alzheimer’s which Des is learning to live with*.

Copies of the book will be available to purchase, with proceeds going to Alzheimer’s Otago.

We will also hear readings of the winning poems from the Changing Minds Poetry Competition 2019, a further exploration of dementia through poetry.

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“I am still me”: Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a group of symptoms that change and damage the brain. The most common symptoms include changes in memory, thinking, behaviour, personality and emotion. Alzheimers Otago strive to support people with dementia to continue to live at home and actively engage with their community for as long as possible.

Dunningham Suite, 4th Floor, Dunedin City Library

*With grateful thanks to the MacTodd Trust and the O’Brien family

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