The University of Vermont College of Medicine Public Health Project
Ellen Meagher, Converse Home Director of Community Life
I am happy to announce that The Converse Home was selected as one of 16 Burlington Area Public Health Project agencies. The project will be conducted in our Gardenview community by 8 second-year medical students.
The title of this project is “Poetry as Medicine: A New Methodology in Memory Impairment.” The students will be responsible for doing extensive literature review on evidence-based practices relevant to the arts and dementia. It will require creativity, as well as knowledge of the literature, as there is not ample published research specifically in this area. Students will design a project in conjunction with their faculty mentor and me. Possible research questions may include:
- What is the impact of poetry on signs/symptoms of dementia?
- How does poetry impact communication, health and well-being in individuals with memory impairment?
Students will attend and participate in the weekly Poetry Project currently held in Gardenview, and observe/interact with residents in both formal and informal settings, in order to obtain data for this project.
Upon conclusion, they will summarize their results and make recommendations to The Converse Home. they will also participate in a poster session outlining their findings in January of 2017 when all 16 projects will be on display. This celebration will be open to the community.
The medical students will be with us for the entire fall semester, and I look forward to having the Community Life Department be a part of this research.
Note: This research project will not contain individually identifiable data. Residents’ confidentiality will be strictly maintained.