Join us at Laurel Grove Assisted Living will host Poetry & Memory, a community celebration of poetry with 2017-18 Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 30 at Laurel Grove, 1235 South 24th St. It is free and open to the public.
Huston, whose focus during her tenure as Wisconsin’s poet will be memory, memory loss and the pleasures of poetry. In presentations, she reads poetry and engages her audiences in the process. Sometimes residents and attendees create poems as a group. She plans to work with Memory Café projects; these ground-breaking programs bring together those who suffer from mild memory loss and dementia, along with their caregivers, to celebrate and collaborate in creativity and storytelling. The March 30 program is meant to bring the community together, including people with mild memory loss and dementia, caregivers and those who simply love poetry.
The power of the arts in healing and general well-being is growing as research shows that they play an important role in preserving memory and in engaging people with memory loss of all kinds.
“As we research innovative ways to engage our residents, we are finding art, poetry, storytelling, music, dance and drama emerge as important components,” said Rachel Pelnar, activities coordinator for Laurel Grove Assisted Living. “These are important activities whether or not someone is in memory care, we are finding more and more arts activities to apply.”
On the morning of the event, Silver Lake College’s Career Resources Office will host Huston for a continental breakfast and conversation at the college with SLC students who write or enjoy poetry. Later in the morning, the students and faculty will join Huston and residents of Laurel Grove Assisted Living for a poetry-writing event.