Alzheimer's Request

Presently, there are two sobering facts about Alzheimer's disease.  First, our world is experiencing an Alzheimer's epidemic.  Second, in spite of enormous investment of time, money and medical talent, no cure or prevention for Alzheimer's has been discovered and none is expected in the foreseeable future.

However, whilst there is no cure, there is care.

When a loved one get's Alzheimer's disease or other dementias, everything changes - they no longer recognise you, can't remember how to brush their teeth or can't find their way home.  This can all become very overwhelming for family carers but your life partner, father, mother, friend may actually understand how frustrating it can be for you to support them and how much they need you - the following poem by Owen Darnell captures that:

An 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,
I 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 done.

If you are a family carer you have taken on one of the most rewarding opportunities that life offers.  But you don't have to do it alone.  As a starting point talk to the Alzheimer's Society or Dementia UK who will signpost you to organisations who can provide you with the extra support and help you may need.