by Kevin K. Johnson, Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
So many people I speak with have loved ones that are suffering from Alzheimer’s Dementia. It’s clearly difficult on the senior. However, the family caregivers and loved ones are also profoundly impacted by the mental degenerative impact of all seven stages of this disease. Recently I came across this poem written by Ms. Valerie Stephenson titled ‘Alzheimer’s Hero’. I found it encouraging and thought that I would share it. Be blessed and encouraged!
by Valerie StephensonYou entered my world extending your hand, Reaching for the “me” that I had lost. You helped me remember who I am With kind and gentle reminders Of the memories composing my life. You took the time to know me Beyond the intricacies of my disease You helped me find my way, each day, Easing my fears, Helping me feel that I still belong. You overlooked my daily confusion, Understanding the rage, giving me comfort. You walked along with me, not for me, Helping me face the day With a sense of dignity and a semblance of pride. My memory fades, But I know when someone cares. And I know when I look into your eyes That you are my hero. For you are faithful, you are strong, And you respect the best of who I am. And I know that your belief and steadfastness Have allowed me to rediscover The strength and courage Of the hero that lies within me.