Teenagers’ Poem About Alzheimer’s – Very Touching

Teenagers’ Poem About Alzheimer’s –

Very Touching

This poem is written by a young gal by the name of Jordan, who I believe we will be hearing a lot from in the future.  Jordan lives with her mother and her Grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease.  This poem, just cracks the surface and there is so much more we need to hear from this brave and powerful young lady.  One who is on a mission to Shift Our Dementia Care Culture for Teens and their Families. 

After you read Jordan’s poem please check out The Purple Rain Project.  Jordan will also be on Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio on Jan 23rd.  I hope you can join the conversation! The show starts at 11am EST, 10am CST, 8am PST, and 4pm London with our first guest Sherri Snelling of “A Cast of Caregivers – Celebrity Stories to Help You Prepare to Care.”  Jordan will be our second guest at 12pm EST, 11am CST, 9am PST, and 5pm London time.  Here is Jordan’s poem.


I love her very much, she is my angel.
No, she has not left me for the Man in the sky
but she has been driving on a road, a never ending road.
A road with all of her memories flying past her.
She stops,
jumps out of the car,
running after them,
and then realizing she’s lost.
Forgot where she is,
forgetting who she is and has forgotten her daughter, son, 50 year lover
and me, her granddaughter.
I see her alone, walking .  As fast as I can getting close
and closer  to her screaming “are you alright?”
With a blank face staring back at me,
she whispers, “I can’t talk to strangers,”
Then walks away.

Meet Jordon and her Grandma


Here is a preview to Jordan’s Purple Rain Project

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If you know of other teenagers who would like to get involved or need support please let me know by commenting on this post.  Jordan and I have a couple of things up our sleeves and we would love you to join us. Or you can contact me through the Alzheimer’s Speaks website utilizing the contact button if you prefer to protect your privacy.  Just click on the link below.


11 Replies to “Teenagers’ Poem About Alzheimer’s – Very Touching”

  1. This is a wildly ambitious and moving collection, remarkable for its daring impurities: for the way Jordan trespasses the divide between the lyric and the narrative, the personal and the historical, always mixing and cutting the voice of the poet with so many other voices. M-A-C-N-O-L-I-A is a worthy succesor to Rita Dove’s Thomas and Beulah and Ellen Bryant Voigt’s Kyrie. If, like me, you are exhausted with young poets whose vision extends no further than their own navels, MACNOLIA is an antidote. These are powerful and necessary poems.

  2. You might be interested in knowing that it was a poem which took a fresh look at the fairytale of Hansel and Gretel that made me realize that I could be a writer. All my life, deep in the most secret part of my secret heart, I knew that I wanted to be a writer but I had never read anything that in anyway seemed to be anything like my life or my world so I assumed it was not something I could be. And besides, like most first generation college goers I was seeking a money-making career. I was going into the medical field, majoring in Bio-chemistry, when I saw a poem posted on the office door of my English professor Sharon Davies. The poem was Louise Gluck’s “Gretel in Darkness.” The insistent music of the piece beat a rhythm straight to the core of my being while the emphasis on all the women except Gretel being dead worked its way into my brain. I must admit, I had never even noticed how in fairytales all the mothers are dead. So here was a world I had known all my life and suddenly this poem was showing it to me in a completely new way.

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