Marcoen, A. (2010). "[About elderly people and the healing effect of poetry]." Tijdschr Gerontol Geriatr 41(3): 112-115.: "Poems about aging and old age are published regularly in anthologies and websites. Over 15% of persons of 16 years and older in the Netherlands write poems at some time, including 8% of the elderly.
Poetry reading and writing can have a beneficial effect. In many countries bibliotherapy and poetry therapy are part of the therapeutic arsenal of the health care practitioners. There is more and more research into the effects of creative writing on many health indicators at the physiological, emotional and cognitive levels of functioning. In the Dutch speaking countries, too, the possible benefits of poetry deserves the attention of gerontological practitioners and researchers."
Have you been touched by Parkinson's disease? Here is an opportunity to share your story in poetic form.
Thirty or so people are being invited to submit three poems to be published in the Touched by Poetry series. The deadline in February 10, 2016. The first anthology will be entitled: Touched By Parkinson's, a Healing Journey Through Poetry.
This anthology is open to anyone who has Parkinson's disease, has a family member or friend with Parkinson's, works with people with Parkinson's or has in some way been touched by Parkinson's and wants to contribute their story and inspiration.
There is interesting research on the healing benefits of sharing your story, listening to other people with a similar condition and of the images a poet can create with poetry.
Other topics being considered for future books in the Touched by Poetry series include: Multiple Sclerosis, Macular Degeneration, Down Syndrome, Huntington's Ataxia, Diabetes, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Autism, Breast Cancer, Addictions, Strokes / Heart Attack, Aids / HIV, and ... YOU can suggest a future topic if you would like.
Kimberly Burnham, PhD, Spokane Poet