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Poetry: Alzheimer's Fear

Updated on February 24, 2014

Alzheimer's Fear

Into the night they found me

in a strange and lonely town.

My memory had escaped me

I was wandering all around.

I was cold and hungry

I was scared and alone.

Although I kept on walking

My legs could not find my home.

The fear I felt inside of me

Not knowing where I am.

No memory to guide me

No thought of where to go.

I see my reflection in a store window

But do not know my name.

The anxiety I begin to feel

Oh God, am I insane?

The Facts

Alzheimer's Disease is a disease that causes plagues and tangles in the neurons in the brain to form. It is classified as a type of Dementia. Not all individuals with Dementia develop the disease. It is a progressive disease that overtime worsens. The disease affects the following;

  1. Memory
  2. Thinking
  3. Language Skills
  4. Behavior

The only way to diagnose Alzheimer's is through a brain autopsy. The autopsy will show that plagues and tangles have formed webs in the brain affecting the neurotransmitters.


According to the National Alzheimer's Association the disease affects 5.2 million people of all ages. 200,000 under the age of 65. A third of individuals age 85 and older. www.alz.org

There are seven stages of the disease as it progresses slowly.

  • Stage 1 - No Impairment
  • Stage 2 - Very Mild Decline
  • Stage 3 - Mild Decline
  • Stage 4 - Moderate Decline
  • Stage 5 - Moderately Severe Decline
  • Stage 6 - Severe Decline
  • Stage 7 - Very Severe Decline

(www.alz.org)

If you notice any decline in you or your loved one, please contact your doctor. To read more about Alzheimer's Disease contact the National Alzheimer's Association or go to one of the websites in this article.

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    • lisavanvorst profile image
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      Lisa VanVorst 5 months ago from New Jersey

      Yes, it is so true. I work in a field where I am around those with Alzheimer's. You must go to their world. Not bring them back to yours. Thank you for reading.

    • Ashish Dadgaa profile image

      Ashish Dadgaa 5 months ago

      @Lisa,

      Very nicely written Poem. Good utilization of words and great explanation on fact.

      Good work.