A wealth of events, courses, training, workshops and meetings are happening across the UK - from writing with refugees, the elderly and families to new ways of engaging with stories and poems. In healthcare, education and the community we are working with writing and words in ways which inspire, connect and promote communication, physical and emotional health, and enjoyment.
Whether you want to write creatively yourself or use writing in your work with others, Lapidus: the Writing for Wellbeing organisation links you to the information and networks you need.
Lapidus promotes writing and words for wellbeing through its work with other organisations and support of its members who are interested in, or working with others to encourage, the use of writing for health and wellbeing.
The Lapidus Journal provides insights into the writing activities of poets, writers and facilitators working in diverse settings from prisons, to schools, to hospitals, to the community. It also debates the ways in which writing contributes to the wellbeing of indviduals, groups and communities.
Find out about more about what's happening here
In this issue
LAPIDUS JOURNAL Spring 2015: Writing and Dementia
Welcome to the Spring 2015 edition of Lapidus Journal which is about writing and how it helps people who have dementia as well as their carers.
I want to thank all our contributors to this first journal of 2015 for their interesting articles and book reviews. Our focus for this edition is writing with people who are living with Dementia. This is very topical, with the current focus of councils in the UK on Health and Wellbeing strategies for the older population and ageing well. A nation-wide promotion of Books on Prescription for Dementia was launched last month in local libraries to encourage awareness. Ty Newydd, the Writers Centre, has recently run a course on Poetry and Dementia with tutors, John Killick and Karen Hayes, who shared their wealth of experience of working with carers, nursing staff and patients. As creative and therapeutic writers, we certainly have something important and effective to offer to people who are living with Dementia to support their wellbeing and dignity.
In this journal, our members share their experiences and expertise around their work with this client group. We are also fortunate to have a special article from Memory Nurse and Dementia Champion for Cheshire, Andy Tysoe, who shares a very moving poem-making story with us.
The book reviews in this issue are more generic in topic but nonetheless relevant for our development, exploring how writing can heal pain, allow traumatised voices to be heard, and encouraging us to work in playful and humorous ways.
For those of you who want to read books more specifically focused on Dementia advice and experiences, you can download a reading list from the Reading Agency’s Books on Prescription for Dementia here:
A wonderful book, and one which we’d love to be reviewed, is “Playfulness and Dementia: a Practice Guide” by John Killick (Jessica Kingsley Publications 2013). Any offers?