Poems That Bring Awareness To Alzheimer's Disease

Published: November 2019

Poems About Alzheimer's Disease For Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. It was first established by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. At that time, less than two million people suffered from the disease. It has now grown to over five million patients in the United States alone. Although there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, there are treatments that help slow down the progression of the disease.  

The Alzheimer’s Association has wonderful resources on their website about signs of Alzheimer’s, tips for living with the disease, help for caregivers, information on research and getting involved with support groups.

Whether you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or have a loved one fighting this disease, we hope these poems will remind you that you are not facing this alone. 

November is also National Family Caregivers Month. There are millions of people who care for their loved ones. These people selflessly make sacrifices to care for those with special needs, chronic illnesses, disabilities, and aging bodies and minds. This month is a time to honor family caregivers and give them the support they need.

Be sure to check out our other Aging Poems.

18 Poems About Alzheimer's Disease For Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

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  1. 1. Dementia

    • By Debbie Bell
    • Published: December 2020

    in Sickness Poems

    Help me to remember
    What I forget each day.
    Don't let the dementia
    Take my memories away.

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    My friends Dad has this. She would love this poem.

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  2. 2. Changing Places

    in Aging Poems

    I see the sadness in your eyes,
    The times that you are knowing
    What's happening to your wondrous mind,
    The symptoms you are showing.

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    Memories! I was 53, he 54 when the complications of Alzheimer's took him. At his prime as an exporter, his secretary fell for him. I left and visited Canada for 3 months, but on my return,...

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  4. 3. On Your Shoulders

    • By Magnus I. Rasmussen
    • Published: October 2018

    in Father Poems

    I remember the times
    You'd flip me onto your shoulder
    Freefalling skyward
    Taller, older

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    This poem so reminds me of the relationship my Daddy and I had. He had a major surgery in 1971 and because of that and the effects of the anesthesia, his decline began. It took a while for us...

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  5. 4. For Mum

    • By Hazel J. Lock
    • Published: August 25, 2021

    in Mother Death Poems

    Your time has come to leave us, Mum.
    Dad called you back to him.
    The ballroom floor is ready
    For your dancing to begin.

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  7. 5. Dearest Mother, I Will Always Love You

    in Dying Poems

    When dementia creeps in through the back door,
    Loving is needed, like never before...

    An expressionless face, an empty heart,

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  8. 6. Last Embers Verse II

    • By BGW
    • Published: September 21, 2022

    in Sickness Poems

    Each day you come and see me, I wonder who you are.
    You seem so happy to sit beside me and give away your time.
    As you tell me stories, I sit there in a dreamlike state of mind.
    I don't know if I knew you, so many memories have passed me by.

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    • Rating 4.79
  9. 7. Living With Dementia

    • By Emma L. Buckley
    • Published: October 27, 2021

    in Sickness Poems

    My mind is not what it once was:
    wilting like a rose.
    One thing you must remember:
    this is not the life I chose.

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    Sometimes you just NEED a break. My parents' assisted living center is short on staff, and I'm trying to be there more. Last night I fed them BOTH and then (with my horrible back with tumors...

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  10. 8. Last Embers Verse I

    • By BGW
    • Published: January 5, 2022

    in Sickness Poems

    The clarity of my mind has faded.
    Those vibrant thoughts, slowly washed away.
    Memories once so strong, are now so distant.
    Names of those I held so dear, escape me now.

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    I and (I'm guessing many hundreds of thousands of) others know exactly what you mean first-hand.

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  11. 9. A Forgotten Life

    in Sickness Poems

    She resides in a home, sits in a chair,
    Nothing to bother her, make her worry or care.
    Caretakers to help her wash and dress,
    Doing all that they can not to cause her distress.

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    Hello. I can so relate to what you have said. and of course more than what you have said. My Dad got dementia when he was 83. He wouldn't accept that he needed help and I would take weeks...

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  12. 10. The Greatest Loss

    in Sickness Poems

    When the time came again to visit her there,
    He'd feel that dark sense of despair.
    He could already picture her sweet, gentle face,
    Marred by that sad, empty stare.

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    My fiance and the love of my life had passed from cancer one year ago. My heart is forever scared, but I must go on with my life and raise my four-year-old daughter.

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  13. 11. Long Goodbyes

    in Aging Poems

    Nancy Reagan once said, "Alzheimer's is just another word for a long goodbye"
    Doctor's told us that Alzheimer's is a horrible disease that strips you of your dignity and pride.
    Nurses told us that some go back to their childhood and some act like they're five.
    And we have all said, "We love her so much," but she has changed; she's just not the same.

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    My dear grandma, Doris, left us in January. She left an awful heartache in our hearts. She let an impression on me and all my family. She was a beautiful woman with a heart of gold. Friendly...

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  14. 12. Dementia

    in Sickness Poems

    There are times when things seem normal again
    We laugh and talk about trivial things
    We enjoy each other's company
    But we can't deny the thought in our minds

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    Thank you so much for both of your comments on two of my poems. I wrote both from my heart and experience as I do all my poems. It is rewarding to know that I was able to convey my feelings...

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  15. 13. Get Me Outta Here

    in Aging Poems

    Locked in this place
    I want to go home
    Surrounded with people
    But I am all alone

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    • Rating 4.21
  16. 14. Silent Day

    • By David Herman
    • Published: September 2008

    in Aging Poems

    There is stillness in my mind, molecules no longer attract each other.
    I peer inside, the words no longer come to me.
    A void instead has taken shape
    An emptiness of forlorn dread has filled the space that once was me.

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    • Votes 14
    • Rating 3.93
  17. 15. She May Not Remember Tomorrow

    • By Kate E. Cartwright
    • Published: February 2006

    in Aging Poems

    Every morning
    He helps her get up,
    Get ready for a day
    That she may not remember tomorrow.

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  18. 16. What Is Pain?

    • By Kathleen B. Hagen
    • Published: November 2008

    in Aging Poems

    Pain is watching yourself fade into a helpless person.
    Pain is not being able to do what you did yesterday.
    Pain is not remembering what you did and why or where you bought things.
    Pain is not being able to see the flowers or the children on the other side of the room.

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    No story, just a big thank-you.
    Reading some of your stories made me cry. Lives touched, afraid of the future, of what might be. But together it won't be so hard.
    Thank-you

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  19. 17. A Lost Memory

    in Sickness Poems

    She lovingly handles
    her mother with care
    as she washes and curls
    and fixes her hair.

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