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A Poem from a Person with Alzheimer’s


A Poem from an Alzheimer’s Patient

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 SO 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.

SO 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.

Alzheimer’s Poem 

Thank you for sharing this poem, George Baskfield. George lost his wife, Helen, to Alzheimer’s disease. He kept this poem posted on his refrigerator and looked at it when he needed strength during his journey.

9 Comments

  1. Celina King-
    October 21, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    My mom who is 73 is forgetful and finds herself repeating things many times. She worries we will grow impatient with her and asked that I look for this poem as a reminder for what may become her journey. Thank you for sharing this. It is beautiful.

  2. Maria Robinson-
    November 9, 2013 at 12:04 am

    This beatiful poem gives me the strength I need to lovingly care for my husband ’til his life on earth is gone. Thank you so much

  3. sandy-
    March 5, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    this is such a lovely poem, my mom suffered alzheimers for 4 years, passed away in 2011. I read this poem at the gravesite service. in the 4 years I read it often to myself to keep me going through my journey.

  4. kim-
    May 3, 2014 at 12:15 am

    I am currently caring for my mother who is going on this journey. Thanks for the poem, its something i needed tonight.

  5. Sue-
    November 19, 2014 at 10:28 am

    This Alzheimer’s poem is very touching. Wonderful thoughts to remember for any caregiver taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia.

  6. March 21, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    What a beautiful poem. My mom passed away 3 years ago, today, March 21, 2012. In actuality, I lost my mom 16 years ago. I would talk to her, do puzzles with her, anything to keep her mind occupied. Once an avid reader, she became a shell of who she was. She was taken care of 24 hours a day at her house, where she lived with my dad for 58 years. Three months after my mom passed, my dad passed away from a broken heart! My heart is broken.

  7. Susan Palmer-
    March 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    My friend has dementia. I would like to copy this poem and give it to her caregiver and orhers in her life. Is is ok to copy this or do I need to buy it if there is a copyright. Please advise.

  8. Colleen-
    March 3, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    I first saw this poem in my dad’s nursing home. It made me cry, but also helped me deal with his disease. He is in severe late stage Alz now, so we know we will lose him soon, but he will finally be free from his mental and physical prison. Thanks to George for such a poignant poem, and thanks to Azura for sharing. Peace to all who have to endure this heart-breaking disease with their loved ones.

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