I wrote this in 1997 while my dad was in a nursing home because we could no longer keep him at home. It pretty much says it all. The best way to say this is Alzheimer's is the worse disease by far. Watching your loved one slowly, piece by piece, be stripped of their dignity and life emotionally, physically, and most of all mentally, is very difficut and challenging.
A mind that slowly forgets
Loved ones gradually fade
Zoning in on the brain
Here physically but not mentally with this disease
Erases the memory, remembering something is no longer a breeze
It hurts to watch the frustration and the pain
Many families suffer from the stress and strain
Every day is a challenge and an experience
Research has come a long way, but a cure the question still remains.
Support is always only a phone call away.
It's tough to see their memory go
Today they know you tomorrow they don't
It's the little things they try to do
The frustration, pain and anger too
It's watching them deteriorate
The very confused look upon their face
Alzheimer's eats away at the brain
Leaving its victims in a vegetable state.