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The Alzheimer's Patient and Salvation-Leading the Lost to Christ

The connection between body and brain is broken.

The connection between body and brain is broken.

“Dementia is a loss of brain function that occurs with certain diseases. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one form of dementia that gradually gets worse over time. It affects memory, thinking, and behavior. Memory impairment, as well as problems with language, decision-making ability, judgment, and personality, are necessary features for the diagnosis.”

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Alzheimer’s and other dementias affect the brain, slowly eroding away the mind and personality. This insidious disease destroys lives, turning a vital person into a helpless dependent until the brain and body eventually shut down causing death. There is no cure, no reversal of mental function.

The afflicted patient turns inward due to a slow shutdown of the brain and therefore the body, over time losing the ability to recognize loved ones or even to care for basic bodily functions. Sentences become disjointed as words flee; the familiar can become frightening as mental responders drop the ball and memories are no longer reachable.

The day comes when the afflicted person seldom speaks and loses the ability to put sentences together, the words are gibberish and unintelligible. The patients sometimes have fleeting moments of understanding and know just enough to realize something is very wrong. Sometimes they are agitated and no one knows the reason why they are uneasy. Many times the patient may not be at a spiritual place of peace and this causes the upset while the caregiver is left wondering about a loved one’s salvation.

How should we approach the subject of the soul with people who suffer with Alzheimer’s and Dementia? First of all, they must be treated with honor and respect due them as a human being, an elder, and a son or daughter of God. They are not children and should never be patronized or treated as less than an adult. They have lived lives rich with experiences; loved, raised children, held jobs and were adults with spiritual accountability.

The Alzheimer’s patient becomes more and more confined to a chair or bed as the ability to walk leaves them. This is a perfect example to remember the Scripture in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Once the connection between God and that person is made, the opportunity for the Holy Spirit to rain down and fill them with comfort, grace and peace is opened. The hours, days, weeks and months spent sitting quietly allows the Alzheimer’s patient time to commune with God in a way most of us will never know. They CAN choose and experience God in, and even because of these circumstances.


This recently happened to me when I was asked to spend a short amount of time with a client who is in the end stages of Alzheimer’s. She cannot carry on a conversation but sometimes blurts random words out or stutters trying to pull a word from the recesses of a mind that no longer supports her. Near the end of my visit, she awoke from a nap and I held her hand gently for a moment telling her I would be leaving soon. Mrs. F clutched me and desperately muttered “Scared, so scared.”

Mrs. F is tiny, only weighing about 80 pounds and my heart just ached to know she was feeling lost and frightened. I hugged her and wondered where the fear was coming from. She was in a familiar environment which may have been foreign to her when she awoke from her nap. It seemed to be more though and I prayed for insight and understanding. Instantly I knew she was communicating her spiritual unease and uncertainty.

Her fear was because she was uncertain what would happen after she died. She was not a Christian and her spirit was seeking confirmation of the future. But how could I, a person without education or experience with Alzheimer’s patients communicate with her?

I quickly prayed for guidance and it came swiftly, like a refreshing breeze on a hot day. So I told her to allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide her. While her mind was unable to grasp the concept of salvation, her spirit is keenly aware and cognizant. It can carry God’s image undiluted and well understood. “Just feel the Holy Spirit, let Him guide you,” I told her. I repeated it several times and she gazed into my eyes and calmed right down. For a precious split second, I saw clarity in her beautiful green eyes and then she was gone again.

However she and I bonded together as Sisters in Christ and I know I shall see her again one day. Had I not been obedient and spoken out for God and for Mrs. F, she might have died and never known the bliss of Heaven. The opposite of Heaven is Hell and no one should end up there. One’s first protective instinct is to say the Alzheimer’s patient is no accountable because of mental incapacity. That is true but he or she had opportunity to accept Christ before the disease took over their mind. So they, like all of us, have had a choice to make and the consequences remain.

Another way to reach the Alzheimer’s patient spiritually is through praise and worship music. It opens a spiritual path to the throne of God and allows one to "speak” as if in prayer. Praise is a form of prayer and many people who cannot talk sometimes retain the ability to sing. Through music the Holy Spirit can reach through the fog of a webbed mind and heal an aching spirit, bringing the person into the arms of God.

Another way is too quietly and simply read Scriptures about Christ and exactly who He is to us. A recommendation is the Book of John. It contains verses such as, "Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

No matter the state of the body, in a spiritual sense the afflicted person is alive and present. As concerned and loving Christians, we must not fail to shine the light of Christ and to bring the “good news of the gospel” to them. The power of God is bigger than any disease on earth and He never gives up on anyone. Let us not give up either.

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Bible Scriptures About the Elderly

  • Psalms 71:18"Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
  • Leviticus 19:32 "Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord."
  • 1 Chronicles 29:28 "a good old age, full of days, riches, and honour"
  • Proverbs 23:22 "Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old."
  • Job 12:12 "With the ancient is wisdom; and in length of days understanding."
  • "Psalms 71:9 "Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.
  • Psalms 71:18 "Now also when I am old and greyheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come."
  • Psalms 92:14 "They shall still bring forth fruit in old age ..."
  • "Proverbs 16:31 "The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness."
  • Isaiah 46:4 "And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you... even I will carry, and will deliver you."


Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on August 27, 2014:

Dear sister Leah. Boldness and courage are indeed what it takes especially when we know someone is not saved or their family does not want them ministered to. You are right to keep it simple. We are planting seeds. The Holy Spirit will water them. A person's spirit understands even when their human mind cannot. I bless you for the ministry you do.

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Leah on August 21, 2014:

Came across this looking up how to evangelise someone with dementia - I actually do sing hymns at times with the lady I care for, she has a piano, which has got to be a gift from God! I don't think she is a believer but I am praying for more boldness & courage to witness to her, I guess I don't want to bombard her with complex things, but keep it simple. Please pray I can be an effective tool in the Master's hand xx

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 24, 2014:

Hello Teeter. I am so very sorry that your mother in law is suffering from Alzheimer's. It is a horrible thing and indeed is a tool that Satan uses to destroy people. I truly do not believe she is glaring at you with evil in her heart. The absence of HER essence in there is causing a vacancy. That is what appears to you as evil. Pray for her constantly, laying hands on her as you do so. Claim the healing blood of Jesus over her and the holiness of His righteousness in her. Call upon His mighty promises of peace and love for comfort concerning yourself and her. Bless you both and all of the family who loves her and is suffering. Please come back anytime and post updates. Joy in Jesus, because He does give it in our darkest days.

Teeter on June 23, 2014:

As the caretaker of my mother-in-law with Alzheimers...she looks at me with such hatred. I have given my life to help her and serve her and she gives me the look of evil. I pray constantly and she only gets worse. Is there any way to perform an exorcism on someone???? I feel that she is GONE and evil has invaded her body. I am afraid for my own soul and sanity. GOD HELP ME in my most desparate hour!~

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 24, 2013:

Hello beckio. I am so sorry about your father's illness. This Alzheimer's and dementia is straight from Satan the devil. You are so right about the power of God's Holy Spirit. I shall be praying for all of you and hope you find even more closeness and peace with God. May you be blessed for your dedication and service to your dad.

beckio on January 22, 2013:

Hyphen, God Bless You! I am a caregiver for my father who has Alzheimers as well as Pulmonary Hypertension, COPD, Sleep Apnea and had quadruple bypass years ago. My father is a believer, however, as his dementia progresses he forgets the foundation from which he came. Other times he is firmly grounded in his spiritual awareness. I can see him slipping away little by little. As a caregiver and devoted daughter, I have come to understand a deeper faith with God and know that as I lift it up to him on a daily basis he gives me everything I need to get through the day. I find blessings in the simplest things and know how important each and every day can be. The power of the holy spirit is amazing and transcends all barriers of communication. As we help our loved ones reach their final destiny, we know that his grace will sustain us and his mercy and love will see our loved ones home in his arms.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 07, 2013:

Dear Faithful Daughter, bless you! I pray everyone suffering from this horror receives the pure love of Christ. We must forever be the light of the world. I pray that one day I shall see Mrs. F in Heaven and know my loving words planted a seed for salvation. Thank you dear one for the wonderful words and faithful support.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 07, 2013:

Hi there newusedcarssacram. I learn more about this terrible and awful thing all the time. I am so glad this Hub gave you new information. Thank you very much. I appreciate the visit and comments.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 07, 2013:

Hello Alastar. You are sadly correct that many, many families have suffered from this awful disease. It is from Satan himself. I truly have been blessed to know Mrs. F and shall never forget her. Thank you for visiting this Hub my friend.

Evie Lopez from Sunny Florida on December 17, 2012:

Somehow I missed this beautiful hub. You did the right thing allowing the Holy Spirit to guide you. Who is to say what goes through the mind of an Alzheimer's patient? Even if they are having a brief lucid moment, the impact of our words and actions can bring them the very thing they need at that very moment. I know what it is to be in a lonely and scary place but the best cure for it is LOVE, and you certainly did show it at the right time.

newusedcarssacram from Sacramento, CA, U.S.A on December 16, 2012:

You have shared something truly useful on Alzheimer. Though I know a little bit about this disease but your hub really helps me to enhance my knowledge.

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on December 16, 2012:

What a refreshing breeze of a Christmas-time Hub to share and FB. Most of us have family members or know folks with this scourge. All sufferers would be blessed to have one such as you at their side, like Mrs F.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on February 11, 2012:

hello there f. I have not seen you in a while. Thanks for coming by and reading this Hub. Many blessings upon you too.

f on February 11, 2012:

Some moving thoughts and some great, Scripture texts. Blessings.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 31, 2012:

Hello thelyricwriter. I am so sad to hear that about your grandparents. This is such a horrible disease. Indeed knowing a loved one is saved through Christ is an awesome comfort. Thank you for commenting.

Richard Ricky Hale from West Virginia on January 30, 2012:

Up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting. Wow, such a sad powerful article filled with TRUTH. Very well written Hyp. This terrible disease took both my grandma and grandpa at early ages, well late 60s. Watching them go through this was awful. Knowing God was there gives great peace of mind.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 25, 2012:

Hi Grace. Though the mind of the Alzheimer's person is erased physically, the spirit where Christ lives is accountable still. While we are able, we choose our own consequences. Once the disease makes a person do things and commit actions contrary to their character, they are not liable for those. It is never too late for a person to be saved, never. The Holy Spirit works in ways unknown to man to save anyone who desires Christ. The spirit innately longs and is drawn toward the Creator.

I am so glad you found this Hub and took time to read it and comment. Thank you. If I can answer any questions you may have, I will do my best. Thank you again.

Grace Sievert on January 25, 2012:

This is really an eye opener for me. I have been searching for this subject and I thought that they are no longer accountable for their past which have been erased already. I also thought that if they aren't saved yet, it is already too late for them. I forgot that it is the Holy Spirit that will work.

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on January 22, 2012:

Thanks Hyphen bird. He's always been a little absent-minded so this isn't the biggest shock...

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 21, 2012:

Hello Jackie. It is wonderful to know many of these suffering people already know Christ. Sadly, many do not. In the case of Mrs. F, she was not a Christian. Thankfully I do believe she is now. You are so right about the soul. It remains intact though the body shuts down and betrays them. Thank you very much for coming by and reading this Hub. Your comments are greatly appreciated.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 21, 2012:

In almost every case I am familiar with these mentally challenged elderly people have accepted Christ already in life and are Christians and this illness has robbed them of their senses, but certainly not of their souls.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 21, 2012:

Tamara, you have a great point there. Thank you for that insight!

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 21, 2012:

Hi Kelly. Thank you for reading this Hub and for the votes. It is an incredibly important issue that affects one's eternal future. Your compassionate heart is noticed and treasured by God.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 21, 2012:

Hello Mary. Thank you so much. My own heart grows tender when I remember that moment. I pray to be used more and more by God to draw people to Christ. I agree this disease is horrible and from Satan the devil.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 21, 2012:

Thank you dear Sunnie. I hope many people find this and draw inspiration and comfort from it. No one should be lost and separated from God.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 21, 2012:

Hello PDX. I sure pray your grandfather comes to accept and accept Jesus and establishes a personal relationship with Him. Some difficult years are ahead and that close bond with Christ will make them easier. Thank you for letting me know this helped you.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 21, 2012:

LoveChanges, you are so right. The spirit remembers when the brain cannot and the name of Jesus is more powerful than any illness. Thank you for coming to read this Hub.

Tamara Wilhite from Fort Worth, Texas on January 21, 2012:

Something else we tend to forget is that with Alzheimer's disease, memory goes backward - but the earliest memories one often has are of religious services, even if childhood Sunday School songs.

Kelly Pittman from South Louisiana on January 20, 2012:

I got chills and tear filled eyes as I read this. What an awesome topic. Well written and very moving. Thanks for sharing this piece. Shared & Voted Up.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 20, 2012:

You moved me to tears with this Hub. Such a horrible disease that effects so many people. These patients were so fortunate to have someone like yourself to understand them and lead them to the Almighty. I have bookmarked this in order to return and share. I voted this UP, etc. Have a wonderful day, friend.

Sunnie Day on January 20, 2012:

Dear Brenda,

Such a beautiful hub filled with precious ideas when visiting or taking care of a person with Alzheimer. As a nurse I have worked with many patients along the way. It is amazing the calming effect that takes over when the Lord is near and draws them to him. I am so thankful that you are one of many that love these patients so and reach out recognizing their need for the Lord and a friend.



Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on January 20, 2012:

thanks for this, Hyphenbird. My grandfather is in the very early stages of Alzheimer and he has been a non religious person for as long as I've known him. Thanks for sharing this perspective!

LoveChanges on January 19, 2012:

Very much spot on with what I have found to be true in my own experiences with Alzheimer patients. Hebrews 4:12 always reminds me, as well, that the Word can pierce right through that element of erosive disease, and Holy Spirit can minister to human spirit. In the name of Jesus, we can continue to pray and be ministers of the Gospel. Where there is still breath in a person, there is still hope of salvation in Christ Jesus. And for believers, I have found that of all memories that fade away, Jesus isn't among them. God is everlasting, and He is always with us. I've experienced this, as well, with patients who call on the name of the LORD and who continue to sing hymns. Thank you for blessing me with your article.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 19, 2012:

Hello Eiddwen. Never be concerned about that. I have been so overwhelmed here that I had to clear my inbox and start over so I understand. I sure hope this brings information and comfort to many people. Families have so much to hurt over when a loved one is suffering. They should not have to worry about eternal salvation. I thank God for His guiding me into this knowledge.

Thank you for coming to read this and for bookmarking it.

Eiddwen from Wales on January 18, 2012:

So sorry Hyph that I only came across this great read so late.

It is such a great read and you have put your all into it;this shows in every line .

I am sure that this will bring solace to many readers who are going through this hard time now.

I vote up and also bookmark so that I can pass this on to someone I know who is going through this right now.

Thank you so much Hyphenbird ;you are a true gem.

Take care my friend and enjoy the rest of your day.


Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 18, 2012:

I am sorry to hear that Flora. My heart aches for her and indeed for all of you who love her. This is a terrible and awful disease.

FloraBreenRobison on January 17, 2012:

My grandmother has Alzheimer's and can be quite cognizant on some days and others not. She lives in a nursing home where there is little/no dignity.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 15, 2012:

Hi bluestar. Your love and compassion are apparent. Thank you for those emotions of love. To see a person suffer from dementia is heartbreaking for everyone. To know they are not with Christ is tragic. I am touched that so many people feel the same as I do about this issue. Thank you.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 15, 2012:

Thank you csheal6249. I am glad this drew you and helped. May the lonely and lost everywhere know blessed restoration and peace.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 15, 2012:

Hello PegCole. Your dedication to your family is admirable. These days so many people abandon their loved ones. It is sad and everyone suffers. My hope and prayer is for every person to know the love of Christ and the peace He offers. I cannot understand why people are so adamant against God when He just wants to love us.

Thank you for coming to read this and a big thanks to marcoujor for the referral.

Annette Donaldson from Northern Ireland on January 15, 2012:

Brenda, you have written such an inspirational hub. You have told us about the devastating effects of AD and also added your true empathy for the sufferers. It is sad to watch a loved one deteriorate into a person who is now just a shadow. AD is difficult to deal with for everyone including the nursing profession. As a care worker, a great deal of my time is spent with dementia patients, and I appreciate the pain and suffering that they live with every day, and I pray to God that they can somehow, somewhere find a cure for this debilitating illness. x

csheal6249 on January 14, 2012:

A hub which greatly helps those affected with Alzheimer's. Not only will these patients keep themselves involved, but they will experience relief from it. I've given a votes up for such a great contribution. Two Thumbs Up.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on January 13, 2012:

Hello Hyphen,

I'm so glad to have been sent your way by Marcoujor or I might have missed this incredible story. The subject is dear to my heart as I try to take care of Mom and her older sister and each day I see Mom's memory fading in small ways. But true to our upbringing, her faith is strong and her belief stays true.

Your story is born of faith, love and compassion and it gives me hope that if that time ever comes I'll know what to do. Bless you for sharing this important lesson.


Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Always Exploring, that is one of the saddest things I have ever heard. What a terrible situation for all of you. You are right that this is a dreaded disease. It makes me feel sick to know a person is diagnosed and their fear and decline. I pray this Hub will open some eyes and bring insight in how we can comfort and love them. Thank you for sharing your heart touching story.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Thank you Debbie. I remember that God is love and I am made in His image. Therefore I must love or be a false reflection. I refuse to do that. I appreciate your visit and good wishes very much.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Hi Frank. Your poor sweet Aunt must have suffered so much pain. I am very sorry for that. Dementia is an awful disease. The spiritual connection draws me strongly also. I hope it does for many people.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Dave, I wonder why she was so frightened. The name of Jesus has great power indeed. I am glad it calmed your mother. It sure brings me peace and comfort.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Hello snakeslane. The spirit recognizes God even when the mind does not. I encourage your friend to participate in the study. I think it would be very beneficial in her helping people. Thanks for reading and your comments.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Hello sky. He must be first in everything as He made everything. I love Him so much. And yes I adore Ms. Streisand. This song was perfect for the Hub and for her incredible voice. Thanks for coming by.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Hi there marcoujor and thank you very much. So many people are in pain and need the precious comfort of God and I am so enlightened about this way to help them. Please feel free to share this in your class. It would be my honor and pleasure to pass this on to others. Bless you for your loving heart.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 12, 2012:

Hyphen, This is a beautiful hub so full of truth and wisdom. I helped take care of many Alzheimer patients in my nursing experience. It is the most dreaded disease among the elderly. I remember one man in particular, he had been a physicist before this disease struck. He had a tweed jacket that he brought to the nurses station, laying it on my desk, then tracing the lines in the jacket, attempting to explain the physics of the lines. It was so sad to watch. He would get very upset. One day he told us that he was not going to eat anymore, ( He was ambulatory, in fact he could move much faster than the nursing assistants when he was attempting to run away.) He never ate another bite of food. He was fed via IV, and died in about two weeks.There's many lessons to learn from your hub. The most important being God of course, but your mention of this struck me as being the second most important aspect of care, no patronizing, treating them as adults, they are not children, nor are the elderly..Thank you for writing a wonderful hub...

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on January 12, 2012:

This hub is absolutley awesome. Praise God that He has people like you that love and help people in these conditions...God is so good...I pray blessing on you...debbie

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 12, 2012:

H-- this was insightful.. I could feel a connection just by reading these words.. it tugs at my heart.. my Grandaunt.. battled this inflcition.. she use to invite us to dinner..put out plates and then collect the plates and wash them without even serving food.. I see her wasting away and forgetting everything slowly.. a wonderful Hub.. eyes open :)

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on January 12, 2012:

Hyphen: This hub reminded me of a visit I had with my Mom who is now 88 and lives in a nursing home suffering from alzheimers.

I wear a "TRIUNE CRUCIFIX" which depicts Father, Son, and Holy spirit on the front and the "Ten Commandments" at the bottom. It was a gift 20 something years ago from my wife who brought it home for me from the Philippines.

I went to visit Mom this one day during last summer. As I entered the room where she was mom took one look at me wearing my bright shiny Triune Crucifix and started screaming in fear. She kept screaming take it off, take it off, and pointed at he crucifix. Mom had seen this same crucifix thousands of times before but this time it upset her for some reason.

I grabbed it and held it up for her to see it clearly and told her Momma it is Jesus. Momma it is Jesus. The name of Jesus by itself calmed her down and she settled down into a nice visit.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on January 12, 2012:

Hello Hyphenbird, I have a friend who provides home care for elderly people, where onset and full blown dementia are very often part of the scenario. She has been wanting to go study in England where a new approach to care is being developed called 'Contented Dementia'. Interesting how the spiritual side can soothe the loss of so much else in ones fragile elderly years. Regards, Snakeslane

Sky9106 from A beautiful place on earth. on January 12, 2012:

Beautiful story Hyphen , it's always great to know that you can easily put the Most High God first in every situation. As you quoted here .

I am now listening to one of my Brooklyn born favorite , that seems you also adore.

Great writing , great story.


Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on January 12, 2012:

Dear Hyph,

This piece moved me to tears as it shows what you give of yourself, as do so many of the nurses I teach. I would love to share this with them in a new Holistic class I just started.

Just last class we were discussing 'healing vs curing'.

Your words show that we can 'heal' by sharing our faith, our belief, no matter what disease process/ outcome. You are a blessing in so many ways and your work with Mrs F is an amazing case example.

Voted UP & UABI. Love, Maria

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Thank you writer20. Everyone can know peace through Christ and I want them to feel what I feel.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Thank you mckbirdbks. I know this article is important because after I published it, a tornado hit the area. Satan is mad apparently. But we were not injured. God had us in His arms.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Hello North Wind. I agree that the patient knows they are not making sense with words. When I was with Mrs. F, I could see it in her eyes. Here in America, we dishonor our elderly terribly. I know not every family can keep the person at home, but many more never even try. Now I know how to comfort and evangelize when I meet a person suffering with dementia. I thank God so much for opening my eyes and heart and for using me in this manner. Thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Hi there Alastar. I hate this terrible disease; it truly is straight from Satan the devil to torment people. I hope this article inspires people to know how we can all help and bring comfort through Christ to the ones suffering. Thank you friend.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 12, 2012:

Hi Becky. We all have opportunity to accept Christ. The Holy Spirit knows how to touch a mind that cannot communicate in words. Your husband can be comforted in many ways. The diagnosis of Alzheimer's is hard to get for some reason. I hope his condition improves and that you all receive the joy you deserve.

Joyce Haragsim from Southern Nevada on January 11, 2012:

Great hub to help these poor people. Voted up and awesome, my good hearted friend.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 11, 2012:

Hyphen what a tremendous task you undertake to teach us the many ways to be helpful to people. What an example you serve for all those who know you.

North Wind from The World (for now) on January 11, 2012:

Hello Hyphenbird,

I am so familiar with Alzheimer's disease. I have known and loved quite a few who have had it or some form of dementia. I am no expert, but having taken care of an Alzheimer patient for about ten years, I can say with certainty that I know there are things going on in their minds that we cannot understand and that Science can't yet understand. It is almost as if they know that they are speaking gibberish. I believe that they are able to understand and I completely agree that exposing a patient to hymns and the word of God does benefit them immensely. Their spirits raise almost immediately and if they are agitated they calm down. If they are weepy they begin to smile and you can see a light glow in their eyes.

The elderly are very dear to me on a whole because I see so many people who just cannot be bothered with them and think them a burden. I think this is so sad because they do deserve respect and honor just as everyone else does.

Lovely hub!

Alastar Packer from North Carolina on January 11, 2012:

Hyph this hub didn't show up on the e-mail for some reason. An aunt is going through the Alzheimers and a pain patch she was supposed to put on the uncles back fell off cause she didn't stick it on good. In a couple of days he started going through bad withdrawals but didn't know what was happening and thought he was going crazy. He felt like committing suicide it was so horrible. It got figured out by his daughter in time though. My heart goes out to Mrs. F too Hyph, thank God there are people like you in the world.

Becky Katz from Hereford, AZ on January 11, 2012:

I had never thought of this question. Now that you have me thinking about it, I thought first of the accountability. Then my mind went to 'no, they had a life before the problem, so it would go to where they were when their mind went.' Now, I am seeing that they do have cognizant moments. Which would give them moments to make their decision. I will pray for them.

I am not in contact with any at the moment, unless you want to count my husband in there. He is losing things. He gets lost when he goes places sometimes. We don't let him go alone anymore. He will stop, look around and have no idea where he is and sometimes, who he is. They are saying it is not Alzheimer's but they don't know what it is.

Brenda Barnes (author) from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on January 11, 2012:

Hi Kelly. Thank you for letting me know you found this insightful and beautiful. Your willingness to pray with a patient is love at its purest. I can see how it would help your own spiritual growth. I know my experience with Mrs. F did mine. Thank you and bless you.

kelleyward on January 11, 2012:

Very beautiful hub! As a nurse I worked with a patient in a nursing home. Although she didn't have dementia or Alzheimer’s I remember feeling lead to pray with her. It was a turning point in my career and also in my own spiritual growth. Thanks for sharing!

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