A Powerful Anthem for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

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Fans of the television show The Voice will remember Chris Mann, the sultry songster who placed fourth in the second season of the popular singing competition. He's also appeared in several episodes of Glee, recorded his own album, and toured with India Arie and Idina Menzel.

But it's Mann's latest work that is sure to touch the lives of caregivers around the world.

A family connection with Alzheimer's disease inspired Mann to collaborate with the national non-profit research institute, Cure Alzheimer's Fund (CAF), to write and record a single aimed at raising awareness about the realities of Alzheimer's disease.

In the music video for the song "Remember Me," poignant lyrics sung by Mann combine with a powerful performance by ballerina Cristina Dooling to create an impact that is certain to elicit tears and chills from anyone who is familiar with the complex challenges of Alzheimer's:

"Remember Me" can be downloaded (all proceeds go to CAF) on Amazon, iTunes and GooglePlay.

Remember Me

Written by Chris Mann, Laura Mann, Rudy Tanzi, Willy Beaman, Dora Kovacs

I need someone to hold, to hold on for me
To what I can’t seem to hold on to
The life we used to live, is slipping through my fingertips
Like a thread that’s unraveling

I suppose that nothing lasts forever, and everything is lost in its time.

When I can’t find the words that I'm trying to speak
When I don’t know the face in the mirror I see
When I feel I’m forgotten and lost in this world
Won’t you please remember me
Remember me

I know there'll come a day, when I have gone away
And the memory of me will fade
But darling think of me, and who I use to be
And I'll be right there with you again

I hope I’m one thing worth not forgetting
Tell me that you’ll never let me go

When I can’t find the words that I'm trying to speak
When I don’t know the face in the mirror I see
When I feel I’m forgotten and lost in this world
Won’t you please remember me
Remember me

I hope I’m one thing worth not forgetting
Tell me that you’ll never let me go

When I can’t find the words that I'm trying to speak
When I don’t know the face in the mirror I see
When I feel like I’m lost and alone in this world
Won’t you please remember me
Remember me

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Since studying Elders and their care, I've always loved this poem. This song reminds me of this and hopefully, the younger among us will hear this and think differently when they see what the various types of dementia/Alzheimer's take away from those we love.

Look Closer, See Me Poem

What do you see, people, what do you see?

What are you thinking, when you look at me

A crabby old woman, not very wise.

Uncertain of habit, with far-away eyes,

Who dribbles her food and makes no reply.

When you say in a loud voice "I do wish you'd try!




Who seems not to notice the things that you do.

And forever is losing a stocking or shoe.

Who, unresisting or not; lets you do as you will.

With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill.

Is that what you're thinking, is that what you see?

Then open your eyes, you're not looking at me.




I'll tell you who I am as I sit here so still!

As I rise at your bidding, as I eat at your will.

I'm a small child of 10 with a father and mother,

Brothers and sisters, who loved one another.

A young girl of 16 with wings on her feet,

Dreaming that soon now a lover she'll meet.

A bride soon at 20 – my heart gives a leap,

Remembering the vows that I promised to keep.




At 25 now I have young of my own

Who need me to build a secure happy home.

A woman of 30, my young now grow fast,

Bound to each other with ties that should last.

At 40, my young sons have grown and are gone,

But my man's beside me to see I don't mourn.

At 50 once more babies play around my knee,

Again we know children, my loved one and me.




Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead,

I look at the future, I shudder with dread.

For my young are all rearing young of their own.

And I think of the years and the love that I've known.

I'm an old woman now and nature is cruel,

'Tis her jest to make old age look like a fool.

The body is crumbled, grace and vigor depart,

There is now a stone where I once had a heart.




But inside this old carcass, a young girl still dwells,

And now and again my battered heart swells.

I remember the joy, I remember the pain,

And I'm loving and living life over again.

I think of the years all too few – gone too fast,

And accept the stark fact that nothing can last.

So open your eyes, people, open and see,

Not a crabby old woman, LOOK CLOSER, SEE ME.




– Anonymous
So beautiful and inspiring. Bless you Chris Mann for a very poignant song.
I listened to Remember Me at work. Couldn't wait to get home to really listen. I sat and cried. My Mom has Parkinson's and Dementia. My heart breaks for her.