The answer a man suffering from Alzheimer’s gave his wife when she asked,
“Do you remember who I am?”
When I first heard this program on the radio (first aired on 2/29/09) I was so moved by how lucid this man was. He knew he was losing his identity but not his essence. It is what Eckhart Tolle calls “forgetfulness of Being” where our attachment to our identities is what makes us mourn. After all we can never lose our very reason for existing — that is to love.
I don’t personally know anyone with Alzheimer’s but I was inspired to learn more about the human stories behind the disease and the creative ways for families to reinvent new ways to communicate with one another. To learn more about psychologist, Alan Dienstag’s writing group with early Alzheimer’s patients visit Speaking of Faith.