The New Normal and Poetry Intervention: An Exploration of Selected Poetry on Alzheimer’s disease


    The paper examines the importance of poetry intervention as supplementary therapy in the treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s disease in this new normal .Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative and cognitive impairment that leads to loss of memory, language disorientation among other symptoms, especially among people within the age range of 65 years and above. The statement of the problem of the research work attests that poetry intervention as supplementary therapy in treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s disease in this new normal is used to couch a theoretical framework of this study based on Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic theory .The paper also pinpoints that the relationship between poetry and medicine is not a novel concept but the awareness has been at the lowest ebb. The challenge confronting medical professionals in treatment and management of Alzheimer’s patients and the need to beam their searchlight on poetry as supplementary therapy has been mentioned as well as the poetry about Alzheimer’s diseases. Thereafter, this paper ends with a call to establish Centre for Poetry Therapy in Nigeria and the mounting of courses in medical humanities in tertiary institutions in the country and by extension all other Universities on the African continent as this shall enhance healthy living in the country.

    Keywords: Alzheimer’s disease, poetry therapy, corona virus, music therapy, new normal

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    author/Frank Aondoakaa Kyungun & Godsday Idakwo Emakpe

    journal/Zamfara IJOH Vol. 1 Issue 3