Poems That Bring Awareness To Alzheimer's Disease

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

8 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.

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  1. Changing Places

    Poem About When A Loved One Has Alzheimer's

    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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    I have met people with memory loss and I have spent time with them and with their caregivers/families at a respite care center where I have been volunteering and where I have shared the novel...

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  2. The Greatest Loss

    Watching A Wife Fade From Alzheimer's Disease

    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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  4. On Your Shoulders

    • By Magnus I. Rasmussen
    • Published: October 2018
    An Ode To A Father With Alzheimer's

    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. Long Goodbyes

    Inspirational Poem About Alzheimer's

    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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  7. A Lost Memory

    Poem About Caring For A Parent With Alzheimer's

    in Sickness Poems

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

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  8. She May Not Remember Tomorrow

    • By Kate E. Cartwright
    • Published: February 2006
    Poem About Grandmother With Alzheimer's

    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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  9. What Is Pain?

    • By Kathleen B. Hagen
    • Published: November 2008
    Alzheimer's Disease

    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

  10. He Sleeps A Lot

    • By Edward J. Bricker
    • Published: February 2006
    Alzheimer's And Forgetful Father

    in Aging Poems

    He Sleeps A Lot Again,
    He sleeps in his chair.
    This man who does not remember
    that I sat there...

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