Pray for me I was once like you.
Be kind and loving to me that’s how I would have treated you.
Remember I was once someone’s parent or spouse.
I had a life and aÂ dream for the future.
Speak to me, I can hear you even if I don’t understandÂ what you are saying.
Speak to me of things in my past of which I can still relate.
Be considerate of me, my days are such a struggle.
Think of my feelings because I still have them and can feel pain.
Treat me with respect because I would have treated you that way.
Think of how I was before I got Alzheimer’s; I was full of life,
I had a life, laughed and loved you.
Think of how I am now, My disease distorts my thinking,
my feelings, and my ability to respond,
but I still love you even if I can’t tell you.
Think about my future because I used too.
Remember I was full of hope for the future just like you are now.
Think how it would be to have things locked in your mind and can’t let them out.
I need you to understand and not blame me,Â but Alzheimer’s.
I still need the compassion and the touching and most of all
I still need you to love me.
Keep me in your prayers because I am between life and death.
The love you give will be a blessing from God and both of us willÂ live forever.
How you live and what you do today will always be remembered
in the heart of the Alzheimer’s Patient.
– – – written by Carolyn Haynali