Jewish Home residents talk about their interactions with poetry—how it inspires them and sparks their creativity even when encountered later in life—and read original works.
RESEDA, Calif., April 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — National Poetry Month has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, libraries, readers, poets, and even senior communities celebrating poetry’s vital place in American culture. The Los Angeles Jewish Home (LAJH), one of the largest providers of senior healthcare services in Los Angeles, is taking part in the celebration. Three Jewish Home residents were filmed talking about their interactions with poetry—how it inspires them and sparks their creativity even when encountered later in life. They also read original works for the camera. View their video here: http://www.lajh.org/blog/the-beauty-of-poetry-runs-more-than-skin-deep
An increasing body of evidence documents characteristics of poetry that go well beyond beauty. Indeed, more and more research highlights the positive effects of creative writing on people’s physiological, emotional, and cognitive well-being. At the Jewish Home, providing an outlet for creative pursuits like poetry, photography, and music allows seniors to broaden their horizons, to push past mental barriers, and to engage with their peers.
View Nyla Lyon reading her poem, “The Fireflies’ Glow”: http://www.lajh.org/news/videos/nyla-lyon-reads-her-poem-the-fireflies-glow
View Ellen Meli reading her work titled “How Old?”: http://www.lajh.org/news/videos/ellen-meli-reads-her-poem-how-old
View Mack Stevens reading an award-winning poem by former resident Shelley Greenspan (of blessed memory) called “See Me With Your Eyes Closed”: http://www.lajh.org/news/videos/mack-stevens-reads-the-poem-see-me-with-your-eyes-closed
Interview opportunities are available with Molly Forrest, CEO-President of the Jewish Home, and/or residents Nyla Lyon, Ellen Meli, and Mack Stevens.
Founded in 1912, the non-profit Los Angeles Jewish Home is among the largest providers of senior healthcare services in Los Angeles. Through its innovative Connections to Care® program, each year thousands of seniors benefit from the Home’s community-based and in-residence programs. Community-based programs include: A Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE); hospice; home health; palliative medicine; community clinics; short-term rehabilitation; and acute psychiatric care. Our Reseda campuses serve seniors with options for independent living, residential care, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, and Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care. The Home’s Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus in Playa Vista offers independent living and access to assisted living and memory care.
SOURCE Los Angeles Jewish Home
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