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Coach Broyle's Alzheimer's Playbook

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Our Nurse, Jennifer, attended the Canterbury-Beeson Forum on Aging this past weekend. She was thrilled that she attended it and came in talking about how wonderful it was this morning. She showed us the "playbook" given to her that Coach Broyles' developed after dealing with his wife's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. You may download or order the book here.

A poem in the back of the playbook caught my eye and I wanted to share it with you. It's a great reminder for those of us who live with our take care of an Alzheimer's patient. 

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.
—Author unknown

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