Journal of Poetry Therapy

, Volume 10, Issue 2, pp 69–76 | Cite as

Working with People with Dementia: A Social Worker Uses Creative Writing to Recreate a Life Story

  • Emily Carton


This article offers a social worker’s narrative perspective on working with a client suffering from dementia. The author provides an original short story as the vehicle to piece together the fragments of a person’s life in order to understand and recreate a life that could no longer be articulated. Through creative writing a bridge could be built from what was seen but not understood and help to give meaning to a life which had lost its context.


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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily Carton
    • 1
  1. 1.Washington, DCUSA

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