Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Alzheimer's poem

Do not ask me to remember,
Don't try to make me understand.
Let me rest and know you're with me,
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.

I'm confused beyond your concept,
I am sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you,
To be with me at all cost.

Do not lose your patience with me,
Do not scold or curse or cry.
I can't help the way I'm acting,
Can't be different though I try.

Just remember that I need you,
That the best of me is gone.
Please don't fail to stand beside me,
Love me 'til my life is gone.


  1. Oh, how sweet and true.... thanks!

  2. Oh my, Susan, that was beautiful. My dad had dementia for the last few years of his life and although there were very difficult times, I cherished him.

  3. It is a lovely, moving poem isn't it. Great to read in times of stress.

    M. went to the Alzheimer's club from the rest home yesterday but he was confused when he returned. When I spoke to him he asked how much longer I was going to be in "there". I explained that it was him in the rest home and I was in our home. I do think he has accepted the need for respite though.

  4. Such a beautiful poem Sue, which puts it all into words xx