“You could scream the place down”: Five poems on the experience of aged care

Miller, Evonne, Donoghue, Geraldine, & Holland-Batt, Sarah (2015) “You could scream the place down”: Five poems on the experience of aged care. Qualitative Inquiry, 21(5), pp. 410-417.

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This article presents five poems constructed from interviews with older people adjusting to living in residential aged care. They are part of the “Inside Aged Care” project, on-going longitudinal phenomenological research tracking the lived experience of aged care from the perspective of residents, family members and service providers. Poetry, through the process of poetic transcription, provided an engaging, evocative and almost visceral way to help us appreciate what it might be like to be ageing in aged care. To date, despite a growing body of work documenting the importance and impact of research in the form of poetry, applying a literary lens is rare in gerontological research. At a very practical level, therefore, we hope these poems help older people, their families, students and those working in aged care better understand the unique world and perspective of new aged care residents.

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ID Code: 79202
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: aged care, ageing, poetry, poetic inquiry, research poems
DOI: 10.1177/1077800415572396
ISSN: 1552-7565
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Social Change (160805)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting) (190402)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 04 Dec 2014 22:35
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2016 22:53

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