Memories (from the eyes of an Alzheimer patient)

Poem

Memories (from the eyes of an Alzheimer patient)

author Lisa Williams


Eyes lost staring somewhere into space

Memories of another time another place

Memories are all that I have now

They may not be right but they feel real somehow

I stare into my sunken eyes and ravaged face

And wonder when my body made this change

Just yesterday I was at the top of my game

Now I don't even look the same

Please help me to understand

I'm not completely sure who I am

And by the way... who are you

I'm sorry I made you cry dear, but I have no clue

Tomorrow may be better day

Or maybe more time will slip away



Alzheimer's Disease

Every seventy seconds someone develops Alzheimer's Disease; it is the seventh leading cause of death.

I had the opportunity to work with these tortured souls for three years. I grew to love those that I took care of; I laughed and I cried. Over time I learned to become part of their world. So many times, I watched as loved ones came in sad and confused and maybe even a little embarrassed. They would see this wonderful person that they had loved deeply and known completely turn into a virtual stranger. They would try to bring reality back and were most often met with frustration and some times outright hostility. They are so close to the situation they can't grasp the fact that ,if they could drop all prior expectations and venture into their loved ones world, they could actually experience some joy. There have been many advances in slowing the progression of the disease. Some of the risk factors of Alzheimer's Disease are: smoking after age sixty five ,obesity, diabetes, and stress.


Some ways to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's Disease are :

  • Exercise daily

  • eat a brain healthy diet that is rich in antioxidants, omega three fatty acids, and foliates.

  • Keep your brain active by reading, doing puzzles,playing scrabble, or anything else that interest you.

  • Sleep regularly and restfully.

  • Learn to relax try yoga, meditation or spend time in prayer daily. Whatever works for you.



There are studies showing that caffeine may not only help protect against Alzheimer's Disease but also help those who already have the disease. Soon there will be a cure for this treacherous disease. Until then love those who already have it and do all you can to protect yourself.

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SunshineRealtor 7 years ago

Great hub! I for one will be drinking more coffee and eating a more brain healty diet from now on.


Barbara 6 years ago

A beautiful poem, indeed. Loved the article and know the inner pain of watching a loved one leave before your eyes.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina

Great hub written with much sensitivity about Alzheimer's from the patient's point of view. Rated useful, awesome and beautiful.


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Lisawilliamsj 5 years ago Author

Thank you!

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