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Poetry - Poem about dementia or Alzheimer's 'Dad's Dementia'
This poem was written about my father-in-law who has become afflicted with the aging curse 'dementia'. Dad is now in what is more commonly known as his 'second childhood'. Each day he wakes and everything is new again, each day we awake to find a little bit more of him has ebbed a way. Dad has to be watched now, everything he does, everywhere he goes and it is really taking it's toll on Mum. Although Mum is older she still has her wits about her but she can't sleep for fear of what Dad might do if he wakes up in the night
This is the first time I've entered a hubpages contest. This is also the first time I have written something so current and so personal.
Dementia is a terrible curse, it makes us laugh when we should be crying and cry when we realise just how fragile the mind is.
Dad will be ninety
He’s had a lifetime of changes
Happiness and gloom
He recalls his childhood
And the war that he fought
His recent memories
Are all but nought
In his mind he is
Way back in his youth
His memories converge
To reveal his truth
He wonders when
He is going home
And why he moved here
To be all alone
Dad’s mind is going
Much more each day
As his dementia gets worse
Blowing his memories away
The forlorn wife and
Forgotten son they bore
And sixty years of marriage
Are all no more
Can you relate to 'Dad's Dementia'
Are you caring for someone with Dementia
Mum celebrated her ninetieth
Earlier this year
Sharp as a knife
No memory loss here
Bright as button
Though tired and sad
As she tries very hard
To take care of dad
Knowing she is forgotten
In his memories
He thinks she’s the char
Who makes his tea
Sadly, she watches
As he fades each day
The love of her life
Slowly ebbing away
All their years together
Their trials and strife
Since the day they agreed
To become man and wife
All their lives gone forever
From his shrinking mind
Why does life’s aging
Need to be so unkind!
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Dementia - The Facts
Dementia is a disease of the brain that begins with forgetfulness
Dementia makes it hard for the person to cope with normal day-to-day tasks
Dementia causes mood swings and changes of personality
Dementia affects the persons judgement and causes confusion
Dementia makes the person more reliant on others
Dementia is a sign that the brain is dying…
Vascular dementia happens when the arteries to the brain become blocked, the brain is starved of oxygen and begins to die.
Lewy body dementia, overlaps with Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Varying levels of confusion and visual hallucinations of people or animals are more common. Sufferers often have a tremor, muscle stiffness, falls, or difficulty with walking.
Fronto-temporal dementia affects the front of the brain more than other areas causing personality changes and memory loss.
Alzheimer’s is a slow developing disease that affects the chemicals in the brain that carry messages from one place to another causing the brain cells around them to die. This disease causes memory loss, affects thinking, and makes learning new information harder. Recent memories of people and places are forgotten. Familiar objects and people become harder to name causing frustration and depression. The sufferer may accuse others of taking things that they cannot find.
The thing about dementia is that the sufferer does not know that they have a problem. When you try to help them, they become angry or irritated. It is the husband or wife and the rest of the family that actually suffer.
Other useful hubs
- How to Recognize Early Signs of Dementia
Worried your loved one has early signs of dementia? Gives tests and chart of symptoms as well as possible causes and what to do.
- What Are the Stages of Dementia?
Each stage of dementia has unique symptoms that are indicative of the progression of the disease. Understanding these stages can help caregivers know what to expect as the dementia progresses.
© 2011 Leni Sands