I read a poem, I can not remember the title, the author or all of the words, I am doing a research project on Alzheimer's Disease, this would help."Imagine going on a long journey by train. As we...

I read a poem, I can not remember the title, the author or all of the words, I am doing a research project on Alzheimer's Disease, this would help.

"Imagine going on a long journey by train. As we leave the landscape looks familiar and as we progress, things begin to look different. The buildings have odd shapes and the trees don’t look quite the way you remember them. Maybe it’s a different country with different architecture and plant life. It feels a bit strange even unnerving."  This is the first paragraph of the poem.

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"The Experience of Dementia as a Journey"


I am going on a long journey by train. As I begin, the city skyscrapers and country landscape look familiar. As I continue my journey, the view reminds me of times gone by and I feel relaxed and comfortable. The other passengers on the train appear to be feeling the same way and I engage in pleasant conversation with them.

As the journey progresses, things begin to look different. The buildings have odd shapes and the trees don't look quite the way I remember them. I know that they are buildings and trees, but something about them is not quite right. Maybe I'm in a different country with different architecture and plant life. It feels a bit strange, even unnerving.

http://allnurses.com/geriatric-nurses-ltc/experience-dementia-journey-118438.html

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I found a poem on Alzheimer's called "The Train Journey" mentioned with full text in this discussion. I don't see references for an author or publisher there, but in another link it lists the authors as Dawson, Wells, and Kline (1993) in a book called Enhancing the Abilities of Persons with Alzheimer's and Related Dementias (New York: Springer Publishing Co.)

A book called The Train Ride is also mentioned and linked here but I cannot tell if it contains the text you're looking for or not.

Sounds like the poem is used by professors within the context of nursing programs, so you might check with that department at your university. The poem is very powerful reading. I hope you're able to use it in your research project.

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