For many family caregivers of seniors with dementia, progressing with the disease through the years can bring change and sadness.
It is also common for caregivers to subject themselves to a lot of self-questioning, of which these are a few:
Where is the person you once knew?
Are you doing all that you can, all that they desire you to do?
Where do they go in their mind during their silence?
Are they remembering the good times in their life?
Is their life filled with contentment?
No one can really answer these questions for family caregivers especially as the disease of dementia progresses to its final stages.
You have been caring for them and their degenerative disease of memory loss for many years and wonder why them?
A Poem for Dementia Caregivers
We found this poem and felt it might help caregivers of seniors with dementia remember that their loved one is still with them.
They are still in need of your love, caring, and devotion even — or maybe especially — when they can’t ask for it or thank you.
We hope you find inspiration and peace in these words…
10 Requests from an Alzheimer’s Patient
Please be patient with me.
I am the helpless victim of a brain disease.
Talk to me.
Even though I cannot always answer.
Be kind to me.
Each day of my life is a desperate struggle.
Consider my feelings.
They are still very much alive within me.
Treat me with dignity and respect.
As I would have gladly treated you.
Remember my past.
For I was once a healthy vibrant person.
Remember my present.
For I am still living.
Remember my future.
Though it may seem bleak to you.
Pray for me.
For I am a person who lingers in the mists of time and eternity.
And the gifts of love you give will be a blessing forever…..
Importance of Dementia Caregivers
Everyday you are special to the person with dementia for and about whom you care.
You are making a difference in their life, even if they can’t express it.
Remember always that you are where you need to be at a time most necessary to them.
You will never regret what you do today for your senior loved one with dementia.
Thank you for your perseverance and dedication!