Alzheimer’s – Deprived of Mind

She does not remember her children,
she has also forgotten her name.

Daily, her loved ones visit now,
though she’ll never be quite the same.

Questions stare out of her eyes,
that she can’t connect to her lips.

She can no longer style her own hair,
so it’s often held back with clips.

She screams when they wash her hair,
she cries for to leave it alone.

She would rather stay in her nightdress,
and just wants to be on her own.

Stains appear on her clothes,
that would never have been there before.

She’s forgotten she doesn’t eat meat,
cause the arguments out of the door.

She’s deprived of the mind she once had,
it’s all muddled and in tiny bits.

She’s forgotten what she was saying,
as soon as the words leave her lips.

So I bless I still have my mind and
I love her as much as I can.

I can’t talk about deprivation,
while I still visit Aunty Anne

In response to the Daily Prompt – Deprive

13 thoughts on “Alzheimer’s – Deprived of Mind”

  1. I can connect to this well. Sad, but wonderfully written. Alzheimer’s is such a cruel disease. My mom is only 56 and as of yesterday officially in diapers. So sad, so confusing, a terrible, terrible disease.

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  2. Hello Liza. I am a daughter of a mother, that has Alzheimer’s. I have been caring for my mother now for 5 years and she is only 58 years young. Diagnosed at 50, but was showing signs in her 40’s was scary to see. Now, myself, 42 years old, I do forget things sometimes and that itself scares me. She doesn’t know who I am and doesn’t even know my name. I wish I had my mami back!!

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    1. I’m so sorry to hear that, the journey your on with your mum must be very hard. I found visiting my aunt regularly it was easy to pick up the things I would forget more easily, it is scary but also quite natural to forget things in times of stress. There seems to lots more information on keeping our brains and memories healthy out there now, diet for example. My cousins have been on the 5 / 2 diet for years now as it is said to be good for keeping Alzheimer’s at bay, I think maybe because the body is not fed at the same time every day the brain has to think or something like that. I do hope you find your mum on occasion and get glimpses of the woman she was 💜

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