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Alzheimers
Posted On: 06/28/2010 06:19:31

This was written by my friend Janet Toth and I think a lot of us can relate to it.

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I Live in the Here and Now
by J. Toth
 
Ask me about days long ago,
When I was very small.
I'll tell you about my dearest ones
Of where I lived and all.
 
Ask me about the bygone years-
The who, the what, the where.
It's somehow clear to me just now,
Almost as if I'm there.
 
But when you ask me to recall
What happened yesterday,
Nothing comes to mind, you see.
It's faded all away.
 
I may not know your name today,
Though recently we met.
Or you could be quite dear to me
You know me well, I'll bet.
 
I have to live the here and now.
It's all that I can do.
My chores, my daily tasks are left
For someone young....like you.
 
Be patient with me, kind and sweet.
Show me your friendly smile.
My heart and soul in need of love
Are in me all the while.
 


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03/16/2013 14:29:15

This one still warms my heart. Grandmom and Mom both had signs of Alzheimers, but it was when they were old that they got it. About 80 years old. Diseases other than Alzheimers took their earthly life. Their Alzheimers was a slow developing thing, I thank my God for that. 



06/29/2010 12:15:12

Your friend's poem brought tears to my eyes.  It is so true..the most important thing is to give them a big big hug when they are 'scared' (just like you would a child),loving someone dearly, helps being patient, sweet and kind, even though it can be very 'trying' on a bad day.  Another thing if YOU can remember all the good times..then that helps too.  That poem should be an inspiration to anyone coping with Alzhiemers.  JOYCE



06/28/2010 19:21:55

   Nothing hurts worse than having a beloved Family member or friend look at you with a  blank look and not know you. I worked with them back in the 80's at a Nursing home and it is heartbreaking.  Like Barb I saw some of them get very hostile with their loved ones and saw the look of pure horror on their faces because they knew this was not their loved one at all.  But on the other hand my Aunt Georgia had been a hateful  person all her life and when she got Alzheimers she was a gentle loving person to everyone even if she didn't know who we were.



06/28/2010 14:28:38

One of the sad aspects of this disease is when the sufferer turns on their loved ones who have cared for them. To be physically abused by someone you have loved and cared for, and to realise that they don't know what they're doing, is the saddest thing imaginable.



06/28/2010 11:28:50

Very true. I have an uncle who is in the last stage. I have better than 50% chance of developing it myself; it's on both sides of my family. WT



06/28/2010 11:27:38

I worked with Alzheimer's residents in a nursing home. Of course I only provided activities, but I saw the various stages of this horrid disease. Your poem hits the nail on the head. How frightened a person can be when they suddenly realize they don't recognize anyone around them. A smile and a gentle voice does wonders.



06/28/2010 09:58:02

Beautiful poem, Jackie!  You can tell your friend has experienced this debilitating disease with a loved one...as it is all so true.  Anyone who has gone through this...or is currently going through this...will appreciate the poem!


Sue




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