HPU LifeLines uses poetry to bridge the intergenerational gap between High Point University students and the elderly community. Poetry workshops fulfill the interests and desires of community partners, some of whom suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Based on the theory of narrative medicine, HPU LifeLines provides a meaningful creative experience for student facilitators and their elder participants. The reciting of poems combined with collaborative group writing strengthens friendships, and this poetic journey also provides stress relief to all that participate in the workshop. Studies have shown that this kind of creative interaction offers other health benefits, such as positive mood changes, lowered blood pressure, and improved memory.
What do HPU students appreciate most about HPU LifeLines? The smiles they bring to the faces of their new friends. Watch this video to see!