Alzheimer’s Poem: Do Not Ask Me to Remember

Do Not Ask Me to Remember

Do Not Ask Me to Remember

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 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.

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 ’til my life is done.

- Owen Darnell

Please leave your thoughts and comments

  • Janice

    Do you know where I can get a framed print of this poem?

  • Nancy Mouhalis

    A beautiful poem……..God bless all that are affected by this terrible disease!

  • Anita

    My mother suffered with this terrible disease, I love this poem. Words are so true.

  • LJ

    RIP Dad I love & miss you so much… please know that I was there with you… my heart is broken but I will go on and be the person you wanted me to be … I will make you proud xxx

  • Marina

    So true love this poem. It’s been displayed on the wall in the care home where I work.

  • gary whidden

    my wife has alzheimers this is a poem I will never forget

  • boots

    beautiful, but the spelling of “though” vs. “through” needs attention before a wall display is made

    • caitlinburm

      Hi Boots,

      Thank you for pointing this out. We will be sure to make the necessary corrections on this page.

  • Vivek Narayanan

    My mother was suffering from early signs of Alzheimer. I gave her 1 ml of coconut oil three times a day in raw form. I could notice significant improvements on her memory power.

    Apparently, it seems the allopathy drugs which reduce cholesterol is the culprit for most of the patients. It kills the good cholesterol from the brain which causes Alzheimer. I reduced the allopathy drug from once every night to once every week.

    It’s a myth that coconut oil increases bad cholesterol. There was an age old research that was carried on Hydrogenated Coconut that supported this theory.According to new researches, virgin coconut oil adds good cholesterol in your body which is vital for healthy life. Please avoid Hydrogenated coconut oil as it has bad cholesterol.

    Following links helped me:

    http://www.alzheimers.net/2013-05-29/coconut-oil-for-alzheimers/
    http://healthimpactnews.com/2014/virgin-coconut-oil-beats-drugs-in-treating-alzheimers/

    I found some one who was able to provide me cold pressed virgin coconut oil.

    Wishing your near and dear, a speedy recovery. Spread this news to every corner of this world if this helped you like for my mother.

  • Missy Piper

    has anyone seen a poem that some caregiver wrote about their grandparent or parent while they were in the final stage of Alzheimer’s from their perspective?

  • Russell Schirm

    I would also like to find a framed print of this poem

    • Elin R. Evensen

      See comment above. You can get the first part of the poem framed here: http://thepurpleelephant.org/

      • Elin R. Evensen

        Well… A print which you can frame yourself ;)

  • tee

    I don’t think I’ve ever read anything that fully expresses the horrors and realities of this illness.

  • http://www.facebook.com/MaddieRoseMusic Maddison

    Can someone tell me if they know is this song in the Public domain or is there a copyright on it?

  • Tammy brewster

    My dad is suffering now :(

  • Glenda Kremer

    I cried when I first read this and realize I need to read this every day as we are now dealing with our mom and alzheimers–the hardest thing we have ever done. thank you for this beautiful reminder!
    Glenda

    • neha

      My grandmother suffered from Alzheimers and I was her caretaker till 9yrs. I hav seen every bit of behavioral changes are could interpret and find the solutions. She flew to heaven on dec15 2015. And she will always remains my ever green angel

    • neha

      Sorry dec15 2014

  • Cindy

    My significant other suffers with this now and how true these words are….makes me cry every time I read it.

  • soumyadeep jana

    my mother who is seriously threatened by Alzheimer dementia from last 9 yrs is now in the terminal stage of her life probably….we the family members have witnessed d true bt terrible fate of d disese.sometimes we lost our temperment facing d uncurable disease process .i can realize nd relate d reality of every word of ds poem…so my heartiest love to the poet…i would like to share nd make it as a framed print in my drawing room….

  • Minnie

    To prepare for framing…. Save the artistic version and then print … mine ended up 81/2 by 11 more or less.

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