The Gerontologist, Vol 35, Issue 3 415-418, Copyright © 1995 by The Gerontological Society of America
Reaction reading: a tool for providing fantasy imagery for long-term care facility residents
University of South Florida, Fort Myers, USA.
Reaction reading, the choral reading of poetry in small groups, gives
mentally alert long-term care residents an opportunity to react to poetry
with knowledge, opinion, emotion, and imagination. The activity can be led
by a nonprofessional. Residents are encouraged to share their reflective
fantasy (memory of past places and events) and projective fantasy (ideas of
places beyond the contemporary setting) as inspired by poetic images.
Application of the reaction reading method and its benefits are described.