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Writing can seriously improve your well-being

A project to place artists in care homes is helping older people free their creative spirits.
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A project to place artists in care homes is helping older people free their creative spirits.

A resident of a care home involved in the cARTrefu project with a book of haiku

Laughter rings out in the dining room of a care home where residents are trying on hats – a golden turban, a trilby, a straw boater, a Russian fur cap and a fez – in a scriptwriting workshop.

After choosing their hats they each invent a character who might wear it, including his or her name, occupation, country of origin, preferred music and favourite food.

In another dining room in a different care home a bullet in a freezer bag is placed on a table and labelled ‘exhibit A’. Next to it is placed a purple feather and a black rubber glove.

Here, writer in residence Jodie Kay Ashdown is

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