Imagine realizing that you are forgetting where you put your keys, pocketbook, or medications or forgetting the name of someone close to you. You may find it difficult to remember simple things. You cannot remember the steps it takes to prepare that special cake you prepared for over 30 years. You realize that something is going on with you, but you tend to justify the changes. At times you find yourself confused and frustrated because you are starting to realize that something is genuinely wrong. Your doctor confirmed your suspicion with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. An Alzheimer’s patient put this realization in the way of a poem
A Poem from an Alzheimer’s Patient
Do not ask me to remember.
Don’t try to make me understand.
Let me rest and know you’re with me.
Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.
I’m so confused beyond your concept.
I am sad and sick and lost.
All I know is that I need you.
To be with me at all cost.
So do not lose your patience with me.
Do not scold or curse or cry.
I can’t help the way I’m acting.
Can’t be different, though I try.
Just remember that I need you.
That the best of me is gone.
Please don’t fail to stand beside me.
Love me till my life is gone
For more information about Alzheimer’s disease and support services, please go to
Alzheimer’s Association alz.org 24/7 Helpline: 1-800-272-3900. Join us on Thursday, October 21, 2021, for our 45 mins informational session. Topic: Keeping it simple, 10 alerts signs of Alzheimer’s. RSVP online at www.comoutreach.org.
November is National Family Caregivers Month, and for the past fifteen years, Caregiver Outreach Mentorship Empowerment Inc. (COME) has held an Annual Fundraiser Gala. We recognize family caregivers, both adults, and youth, caring for loved ones during this time. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our free annual celebration will take place this year via zoom. We believe that there is a season and a time for every purpose. Consider nomination a caregiver to be honored. Save the Date November 20, 2021, from 11:am to 12:30 pm. You can view last year’s gala online. To get sponsorship information, please contact us at 718-379-3159.