Creative Contributions

Have you put pen to paper or paintbrush to canvas to express your feelings about someone you love who has Alzheimer's disease, or about the disease in general? Please consider sharing your creativity with others who visit AFA Teens. To submit your creative contribution for possible posting on AFA Teens, click here.

Here are some contributions:

“Fading Memories”
Painted by Pragya Singh

Submitted 2010 by Pragya Singh at age 13
According to Singh, president of an AFA Teens chapter in her community ,
“This painting symbolizes the unclear and missing memories of a person with Alzheimer's disease.
The empty wash of blue represents the hollowness or the emptiness of the brain of memories;
and the maroon and gold swirls represent how the memories have blended together,
and how the person in the given situation cannot distinguish one event from another.”

Illustrated by Jenn Bredemeier

Submitted 2010 by Jenn Bredemeier at age 17
Bredemeier drew this for her father, Robert William Bredemeier, the night
before he died at age 55 five days before Christmas in December 2009.
Her dad had been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in 2007.
"I call this 'Hope' because it embodies everything I felt that night as I knew my dad
was slipping away from me-pain, fear, loss, love, joy, faith and, above all, hope," she said.

They May Forget Us...
Submitted by Randen Lubart

Submitted 2010 by Randen Lubart for his grandmother
(To view this video, you will need Quick Time )

Stronger Than She Knows
Written by Andy Suzuki

I wonder why I wonder why
The last thing you said, is the first thing on my mind
You call and I’ll come, you ask and I’ll run
Lips and tongues, they struggle to smile, you’re armed to the teeth
A laugh conceals a sigh as I try to protect the girl underneath

When what you have to do is undoing you
But our faces fit like our hands do
Am I holding me, am I holding you
I guess I’m holding two

You’ve seen so much more than you ever wanted to know
You live and learn, you crash and burn,
You put your life on hold
We’ve crashed on half past July,
August opens its doors
Another day another memory thrown away,
September once more

When what you have to do is undoing you
But our faces fit like hands do
Am I holding me, am I holding you
I guess I’m holding two

Life is easier when the person you love the most is the
Strongest person you know
And she is stronger than she knows

Written 2007 by Andy Suzuki at age 19
Suzuki wrote this song about his mother, Anne, and her “role as a caretaker, wife, mother and friend”; Eight years ago, Suzuki’s father, Yutaka, was diagnosed with young onset Alzheimer’s disease when he was in his mid-50’s.


I Remember
Written by Alyssa L. Campbell

I remember your smile the one that always lit up the room.

I remember the time we played hide and seek and you would pretend that you couldn’t see us.

I remember your hugs that seemed like they could protect us from the world.

I remember how hard you worked at everything you did.

I remember how warm and loving you were every time we came with a worry or doubt.

I hope you will remember how much you are loved and all the good times we had when you knew who I was.

Written 2006 by Alyssa L. Campbell at age 19
Campbell wrote this poem in honor of her grandfather and gave it to him as a gift for the holidays.


Written by Natalie Innocenzi

My love grows for my abuelita* each and everyday,
But as I watch her,
I become stronger,
I watch her struggle with remembering where she leaves things,
I watch her try to get out of bed each morning to see her family,
To hear them, to see them for maybe the last time,
All wanting this nightmare to end,
All wishing a miracle cure will somehow be invented,
I watch my mother and her two sisters holding on to each other for support,
I listen to them cry almost every night,
But they keep strong,
They wish, they dream, they pray that this evil monster will stop torturing her brain,
They work to keep her memory as close to perfect as possible,
But nothing can be perfect,
However they keep strong,
As I watch my abuelita overcome her obstacles,
I walk with my head held high,
Without embarrassment,
Because I know that my abuelita is strong,
And is a survivor,
Knowing this,
Also makes me stronger.

Written 2004 by Natalie Innocenzi at age 11
Innocenzi, an AFA Teens chapter president and advisory board member, wrote this poem to honor her grandmother who has Alzheimer’s disease, and her mother and aunts who help care for her.

*Abuelita is an affectionate Spanish word for grandma


Panel - AFA Quilt to Remember
By Aaron Reichek

Crafted 2007 by Aaron Reichek at age 11
Reichek, who had never sewn before, completed the panel that honors his great-grandmother Bertha Dattle as part of a school project.

Click here for more information about the AFA Quilt to Remember.

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