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Still Waters
 
"Still Waters, by Kamal Parmar, is a collection of poems written in an effort to make sense of the changing of lives as she watched her mother's life held in the grasp of Alzheimer's Disease. The book opens with a perfect poem, 'Is the world crazy', as a place to begin - as if looking backward, in the midst of it, and in her mother's voice. Overall, this is a very poignant and an inflective collection of poetry, in which Parmar becomes so immersed in coming to grips with it all, she is able to tell the story from other viewpoints, and many 'starting' points. I was very much taken in as I read this collection. Many of the poems struck me very deeply. That group of them included the book's opening poem, already mentioned, 'I know who I am', 'Never to forget' (the day of her mother's diagnosis), and the final poem in the book, 'Crack in the mirror'." 
    Bruce Kauffman, poet, editor, radio show producer & host,  and author - most recently, an evening absence still waiting for moon.  http://bit.ly/StillWatersKamalParmar
 
Review of Still Waters—a poetic memoir
“The world is a song unheard by you. You are here, but not here, lost in the labyrinths of your mind, where electric sparks are mere diffused messages flashing through eclectic jargon.”
In a slender and tender volume, poet Kamal Parmar brings to twilight life a mother/daughter struggle with encroaching Alzheimer’s. A vital memoir in verse, Still Waters is sensitive, touching, honest, even gritty, a compelling read that asks the question: Who am I? “Am I a young girl in ponytails with stars in her eyes? Or am I an old decrepit woman with a furrowed face and a doddering gait? And yet, I cry like a baby.” A luminous book, it’s a tuning fork for families coping with Alzheimer’s and the accompanying emotional wasteland. Lovely work. 
- Jacqueline Carmichael, author of Heard Amid the Guns: True Stories from the Western Front, 1914-1918, and My Read-Aloud Tales of Social Distancing.  
 Lovely work. 
 
Still Waters (silverbowpublishing.com)—link to buy from my publisher: Silverbow Publishing. B.C.
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Resources

  • A Changing Melody toolkit - provides examples of ways to incorporate the arts and other creative showcases to highlight accomplishments and continued abilities of persons with dementia and connect with the emotional side of the dementia journey.
  • Art Making Space is an online art exhibition telling the stories of people living with dementia and their care partners. The researchers behind this exhibition sought to show how artistic endeavours like painting, photography, poetry and more could empower people living with dementia and reflect their experiences where other means of communication couldn’t. Burnaby, BC
  • “Artsoculus” a Toronto based program offers a range of arts-based learning programs and workshops for individuals with dementia. The programs include watercolour painting, Japanese paper collage, mixed media, and drawing.Toronto, Ontario
  • Canada’s National Ballet School and Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care created a program called “Sharing Dance” for people with dementia. Toronto, Ontario
  • Parkgate community services society offers “My Parkgate BREAK” a program that offers individuals with mild to moderate dementia creative activities. Vancouver, B.C.
  • Caring Clown Program serveS residents who generally have mid to advanced dementia. Many of the residents are confined to wheelchairs, and are isolated, lonely, and in need of cheer. Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario 
  • Providence healthcare provides an adult day programs for people in the community with moderate to severe dementia. The facility has a living and dining area with chandeliers and a big grand piano for singing, dancing, and creating. They also have six overnight suites, two secure outdoor gardens, and a den. Toronto, Ontario
  • Cracked: New Light on Dementia Play
  • Royal Ontario Museum works with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto to provide tours for visitors experiencing dementia and their companions. These tours use facilitated discussions to foster socialization, mental alertness, and memory. Pre-registration is required. Please register with the Alzheimer Society of Toronto.
  • The art gallery of Nova Scotia hosts “Artful Afternoon” a series of workshops designed for people with memory loss as well as their caretakers. The program offers hands-on creative activities as well as a tour of the art gallery. Nova Scotia
 

International

  • Arts4dementia facilitates and creates events at art venues aimed at providing cognitive rehabilitation for families affected by dementia. A variety of events are offered including; singing, arts and crafts, poetry and dancing. London, England
  • MoMA offers a program called “Individuals with dementia” aimed at providing individuals with dementia a creative outlet. The gallery has monthly tours as well as art classes. New York, United States
  • The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) hosts tours for people with dementia and their care providers. Australia
  • Portland art museum hosts “artNOW” a program focused on providing people with dementia and their care providers a creative two hour experience. The program is held on Monday afternoons every other month while the Museum is closed. Portland, United States
  • Frye museum offers three creative programs for people with memory loss. Some of the activities offered include; art classes at your home, gallery tours, art-making classes and movie discussions. Seattle, United States


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