One night as I was flying home from an inspiring personal development event, I sat on the plane thinking about my dad. I thought about all the things my family has been through up until now and I wondered how the rest of the journey would play out. I began to contemplate what he would say to us – and to my mother in particular – if he could still communicate his feelings. My dad was a firm believer in living life to the fullest, and never putting off until tomorrow what you could do today. He believed in having fun, balancing work and play, and enjoying the days we are given.

I wrote this poem, If Alzheimer's Could Speak… looking out of the window of an airplane at the world below.
This is what I imagine my dad would tell us – and you – about how to live when someone you love has Alzheimer's.

If Alzheimers Could Speak - poem by Tara Reed - v2