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Just to Hold Her Hand

A beautiful song on living with Alzheimer's. (Includes lyrics.) Enjoy. (Video)

This is an especially beautiful song on living with Alzheimer’s, complete with lyrics below. Enjoy.


An old faded photograph, is hanging on the wall,

All dressed up, Dad by her side, standing proud and tall,

Now she shuffle’s when she walks, she can’t stand up straight,

Her dinner falling from her spoon, can’t help how her hands shake.

Oh her memory’s grown foggy and she’s not sure who I am,

But I come by every Tuesday, just to hold her hand.


She loves to tell me stories, often the same one,

The night Dad snuck out from the house, for love about to come,

And finding her there sitting, on the front porch swing,

Handed her a metal washer, as a promise wedding ring.

Oh her memory’s grown foggy and she’s not sure who I am,

But I come by every Tuesday, just to hold her hand.


I know the news will come, she’s with dad once again,

But I’ll make my weekly visits, sit down reach for her hand,

For there’s nothing I’d prefer to do, on a Tuesday night,

Then hold her hand and listen, to the stories she recites.

There’ll be other faded photographs, young mother’s babes in arms,

Fathers standing by their side, all are safe and warm.

They, too, will have their stories, but if they can’t make the words,

I will read them in their pretty eyes, and they’ll know that I’ve heard.

Oh her memory’s grown foggy and she’s not sure who I am,

But I come by every Tuesday, just to hold her hand.


For there’s nothing I wish I could do, on this rainy night,

Than to hold her hand and listen, to the stories…

of her life.


  • Written by Alice Hesselrode and performed by Gregg Steiner
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October 24, 2018 11:47 pm

It was a beautiful video. I cried because it was sad, but also because my mom doesn't talk, and she never shared stories of her life. We all have different experiences and some of us are closer to those we love who get Alzheimer's. In the end, it leaves me with a message that we should always try to get to know people while they live with us and as they can still communicate. Try talking to those you love and get them to share more. We all want to feel people are interested and if we keep them talking and actively sharing, maybe they will be less impacted by the memory decline. Thanks for share.

August 28, 2023 11:20 am

Lost a parent to Alzheimer’s a couple of yrs ago. Got comforted by this song, though its yrs ago. Tnx.

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