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Learning About Dementia and a Looking Glass Poem Into the Condition

The photo below is of my daughter Stacy, she is Autistic. She has gone through many challenges and now is stronger in spite of it all.

A View About Dementia -With a Poem and a Reflection

Understanding Dementia Can Lead to Better Days

Elderly individuals, as they age, can develop Dementia, a mental condition that does more than cause memory loss. Dementia can cause mood changes. The illness can hurt those suffering from this condition and affects their family members. How they respond may never be completely understood; however, with love and understanding, better days may follow.

There are other forms of dementia, one of which is called Alzheimer's. Parkinson's symptoms can become evident, while others progress differently.

More information and poems will follow this article if you are interested in learning more about dementia.


Poem- Mom's Looking Glass into Dementia


Truly see me

Even when my memory fades

I am still aware of you

Just words come out entangled

My days are a mystery to me

And to you as well


Hold me love me

Treat me full of hope and promise

For better days to come

I long for Springtime to go outside

And pick a rose for me

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And one for you as well

Because you are so kind


Don't leave me

Keep me close by

For my heart feels unease

Thinking

I may have to leave what I hold dear

Which is my home


My home is a garden of many memories

I held grandchildren and a great-grandchild there

I want more time-more memories

that hug my memories of home


Then

Time passed too quickly

And before I knew it

my real home, which was in heaven

sent birds

to call upon my soul


Loved ones close by

I could feel their loving presents

They held my hands

Knowing my last breath was drawing near

Earthly memories flood my heart

Until I carried my suitcase

Of memories of my eternal home

that my journey had come to an end

only

of the earthly chapter

Now I wonder what my heavenly chapter will unfold for me.


Reflection:

This poem is about how I think my mother felt during her last days. It broke my heart to see how she gave up towards the end of her suffering from Dementia. Watching her travel through her Dementia journey, I know even how much more easily it could happen to me.

Deep down inside me, I am supposed to share many things that could help caregivers of elderly loved ones to feel more hope for a better tomorrow.

I truly believe that with the right type of care and understanding, better days can blossom into more smile-filled days

If you are interested in learning more about how to help loved ones suffering from dementia, I will post more about this topic.


Prayer if you choose

I am not trying to force my religion on anyone, but if you do believe in prayer, let us pray together.

Father in heaven, grant us peace despite their confusion and help us to travel the dementia world with new hope, shining heart to heart with them. Also, here is a great prayer that is in the Bible.

Matt.18 vs 20 For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.

I pray a lot because I believe in the power of prayer. Our loved ones need us to be strong for them. Being a caregiver was exhausting but rewarding at the same time. I pray you will find peace of mind as I share them.

I feel passionate about the topic of dementia and how better days can come out of loved ones are possible.

In future articles, I will interview someone who is a caregiver for individuals with this condition. She would do silly things that left me with a tear in my eye, not due to sadness, but out of how one inspiring soul can touch many lives.

I tried some of her silly loving ways to help my mother throughout her journey with this condition. She would sing load about silly things, making sure she would try to help the person move more like she was dancing, or just moving more, and it helped a lot.






Mother's Looking-glass Into Dementia

My daughter Stacy with her grandmother that years later suffered from dementia.

My daughter Stacy with her grandmother that years later suffered from dementia.

This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2022 Linda Kaaz

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