Alzheimer's Patient's Prayer
Pray for me, I was once like you.
Be kind and loving to me,
That is how I would have treated you.
Remember I was once someone's parent or spouse, I had a life and a dream for the future.
Speak to me, I can hear you even if I don't understand 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 treaed 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 resopnd --- but I still love you.
Think about my future, because I used to.
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 cannot let them out.
I need you to understand and not blame me, 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 will live forever.
How you live and what you do today will always be remembered in the heart of the Alzheimer's patient.
-- by Carolyn Haynali 3/10/2000