I have been away from the blog and site for some time having been occupied with the shifting base from Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad, so that I can take Plus-Care forward. I am also attending Coursera's online sessions on Caregiving for Elders with Alzheimer's.
One of my fellow participant's has posted a poem in the forum from a local magazine, Caledon Spectrum, vol 4, issue ii, Autumn 2013 (p53). I thought
I must share it with all of you:
An Alzheimer Patient's Ten Requests
Please be patient with me
I am the helpless victim of a brain disease.
Talk to me.
Even though I can not 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 ...