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72+ Best Alzheimer’s Disease Quotes for Inspiration (2024)

by | Updated: Dec 13, 2023

Alzheimer’s Disease is a devastating condition that affects millions of individuals and their families worldwide. It is a progressive brain disorder that robs individuals of their memory, their ability to think and communicate, and their independence.

Despite the heartache it brings, many have found solace and strength in the words of others who have faced similar experiences.

In this article, we’ve compiled a list of the best quotes about Alzheimer’s Disease, capturing the emotions and insights of those who have been impacted by this debilitating condition.

Whether you’re searching for comfort, inspiration, or a call to action, these quotes offer a powerful message of hope, resilience, and compassion.

Best Quotes About Alzheimer’s Disease:

1. Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging. It is a devastating disorder of the brain’s nerve cells that impairs memory, thinking, and behavior. – Patricia R. Callone

2. Most people believe that it’s impossible to prevent Alzheimer’s disease or reverse its life devastating symptoms. However, there’s a lot in your control. – John Roberts

3. A loved one’s dementia diagnosis can leave you feeling scared and overwhelmed. – Elizabeth Landsverk, MD

4. In a culture obsessed with miracle medications, the pharmaceutical route for tackling Alzheimer’s has been a massive failure. – Amy Berger

5. We do not remember days, we remember moments. – Cesare Pavese

6. Not only does AD ultimately cut lives short, it effectively steals who the person ‘is’ long before they die. – Robb Wolf

7. A growing body of research suggests brain insulin resistance is strongly linked to Alzheimer’s disease. – Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE

8. Alzheimer’s is not about the past—the successes, the accolades, the accomplishments… Alzheimer’s is about the present and the struggle, the scrappy brawl, the fight to live with a disease. It’s being in the present, the relationships, the experiences, which is the core of life, the courage to live in the soul. – Greg O’Brien

9. There are few things people fear more than cancer, with the possible exception of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. – Robb Wolf

10. I suffer from short-term memory loss. It runs in my family. At least I think it does… where are they? – Dory from Finding Nemo

11. Knowing exactly which steps to take when dealing with memory problems takes most of the stress and guesswork away. – John Roberts

12. We believe communicating effectively with someone with Alzheimer’s is not just about using language, it is connecting through their senses such as touch, visual cues, and sound. – Peter Ross

13. I have seen it all. I have seen the business executive swindled by the neighbor, the loving wife who now chases her husband out of the house every night thinking he is an intruder, the woman who was treated with 40 medications… but still had pain, and agitation. – Elizabeth Landsverk, MD

14. Even slight elevations in blood sugar have been shown to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. – David Perlmutter

15. As far as protecting yourself against Alzheimer’s disease, well, it turns out that fish oil has the effect of reducing your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. You should also keep your blood pressure down, because chronic high blood pressure is the biggest single risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease. – Gregory Petsko

16. Learn how to develop a ‘bulletproof’ brain that will stay healthy for years and even decades. – John Roberts

17. You get the health benefits of coffee up through about the first twenty-four ounces. It’s the biggest source of antioxidants for Americans, and we think it prevents Alzheimer’s and Parkinsons as well. – Dr. Mehmet Oz

18. There is no substitute for the love of an Alzheimer’s caregiver. – Bob DeMarco

19. As a metabolic problem, the only effective way to treat Alzheimer’s may be a multifaceted approach that fundamentally reprograms energy generation in the brain. – Amy Berger

20. If you learn to listen for clues as to how I feel instead of what I say, you will be able to understand me much better. – Mara Botonis

21. You don’t just wake up one day with dementia or Alzheimer’s; these conditions are developmental. Even when a problem triggers the need to collect data, it’s reviewed by a specialist and filed away. There’s no central repository allowing information to be shared across a multitude of researchers worldwide. – Tan Le

22. Love is the only memory one never loses, Isaac.” His father had said. “Because even if one loses his mind the memory always remains in the heart. – Felix Alexander

23. Memory is the treasure house of the mind, wherein the monuments thereof are kept and preserved. – Thomas Fuller

24. Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of the mind, it’s a disease of the heart. – Dementia Advocate

25. No matter who you are, what you’ve accomplished, what your financial situation is—when you’re dealing with a parent with Alzheimer’s, you yourself feel helpless. The parent can’t work, can’t live alone, and is totally dependent, like a toddler. As the disease unfolds, you don’t know what to expect. – Maria Shriver

26. Forgetting is like a wound; remembering, a scar. – Haruki Murakami

27. You have to be patient with Alzheimer’s. Once you understand that it’s a medical condition, you become a little more compassionate. You get less frustrated. – Kim Campbell

28. Alzheimer’s disease cannot be cured, prevented, or even slowed. All we can do is cherish the moments we have left with our loved ones and find ways to make the journey a little easier. – Erika Martin

29. Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. – Corrie Ten Boom

30. The greatest gift you can give to someone with Alzheimer’s is your time. – Hannah Basin

31. Call your loved one and remind them how much you love them. Do it right now. You just never know. – Caroline Kather

32. Alzheimer’s is literally killing us, and the only way to fight this ‘crime’ is through a groundswell of people who continue to raise their voices and funds to ensure it gets the attention it deserves. – Tess Gerritsen

33. I like it when people remember that I’m a person, not just a person with Alzheimer’s. – Sally Hepworth

34. The mind is a precious gift, but it’s not immortal. And when it fades, the heart remains. – Bubba Palmer

35. Alzheimer’s disease may steal my memories, but it will never steal my soul. – Sheila Gregary

36. Memory is the diary that we all carry about with us. – Oscar Wilde

37. My mum was a wonderful mother. She died, aged 80, of Alzheimer’s disease which was dreadful to watch. I remember she said to me, ‘Believe in yourself because no one else is going to do it for you.’ I’m sure a lot of my success is due to her words of advice. – Bonnie Tyler

38. It’s not the years in life that count. It’s the life in the years. – Abraham Lincoln

39. Alzheimer’s disease was first described by German psychiatrist and neuropathologist Alois Alzheimer in 1906.

40. The exact cause of Alzheimer’s disease is still not known, but genetics, lifestyle factors, and aging are thought to play a role.

41. Regular physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

42. In ancient Greece, Alzheimer’s disease was referred to as “the forgetfulness.”

43. Some studies have suggested that a Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and fish may help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

44. The brain shrinkage that occurs in Alzheimer’s disease can be seen on MRI scans.

45. The word “Alzheimer’s” has become a household term, but it was once considered a taboo topic, with many families hiding their loved ones’ diagnoses.

46. Alzheimer’s makes us realize that we are not alone – that kindness and compassion are everywhere and all around us. – Rosalys Peel

47. Alzheimer’s is like a thief in the night, stealing memories and dreams one by one. – Shane Boler

48. People’s genes can say a great deal about their health. There are genes that reveal an increased likelihood of getting heart disease, cancer or Alzheimer’s. – Adam Cohen

49. When someone you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure. – Ollie Grace Moore

50. I have Alzheimer’s, but it doesn’t have my spirit. – Vernice Johnson

51. People think it’s an old-age person’s disease. It’s like cancer was 25 years ago: You didn’t mention the C word. Cancer activists have done an excellent job of destigmatizing it, putting it out there, and making it a disorder that needs attention. Alzheimer’s is still behind the eight ball on that score. – Dr. Ronald Petersen

52. Alzheimer’s may take away the past, but it can never touch the love that remains. – Miranda Blake

53. People do not realize that Alzheimer’s is not old age. It is a progressive and fatal disease and staggering amounts of people develop Alzheimer’s every day. – Melina Kanakaredes

54. The best way to remember someone with Alzheimer’s is to never forget them. – Rianne Lee

55. Though those with Alzheimer’s might forget us, we as a society must remember them. – Scott Kirshenbaum

56. Alzheimer’s doesn’t erase the person you were; it just makes it harder to remember. – Gerald Everette

57. If you want to avoid Alzheimer’s disease, sleep eight hours a night. – Deepak Chopra

58. The most precious memories are the ones we hold in our hearts. – Sharon Griffin

59. Alzheimer’s creates a kind of friction that the family needs to be strong for. You have to hold onto things and know what is true in life. – Candy Crowley

60. Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow. – Mary Anne Radmacher

61. Never let the things you cannot do prevent you from doing the things you can. – John Wooden

62. She is not sailing into the dark: the voyage is over, and under the dark escort of Alzheimer’s she has arrived somewhere. So have I. – John Bayley

63. When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t. – Thomas Edison

64. Life is 10% what happens to us and 90% how we react to it. – Charles R. Swindoll

65. The human spirit is stronger than anything that can happen to it. – C.C. Scott

66. Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are. – Arthur Golden

67. We do not have to be defined by our illness. We are much more than our symptoms. – Dr. Brent Shaefer

68. Struggle is a sign that you’re alive, that you’re human, and that you’re trying. – Zander Blancher

69. Alzheimer’s caregivers are heroes. – Leeza Gibbons

70. People with Alzheimer’s can’t change the way it makes them act any more than a cancer patient can keep the cancer cells from spreading. – Brandyn Shoemaker

71. People with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen, so that we can find a cure. – Julianne Moore

72. The soul of a person with Alzheimer’s may forget, but their spirit never will. – Grace Noyes

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Final Thoughts

Alzheimer’s Disease is a complex and challenging condition that affects individuals, families, and communities in profound ways. The quotes included in this article offer a glimpse into the experiences and emotions of those who have been impacted by this disease.

Whether you are a caregiver, a loved one, or someone living with Alzheimer’s, these quotes can serve as a source of comfort, inspiration, and hope.

They remind us of the resilience of the human spirit and the power of memories to sustain us, even in the face of adversity.

John Landry, BS, RRT

Written by:

John Landry, BS, RRT

John Landry is a registered respiratory therapist from Memphis, TN, and has a bachelor's degree in kinesiology. He enjoys using evidence-based research to help others breathe easier and live a healthier life.


  • The gifted authors of these amazing quotes about Alzheimer’s disease were credited throughout the article at the end of each quote.
  • Kumar A, Sidhu J, Goyal A, et al. Alzheimer Disease. [Updated 2022 Jun 5]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan-.

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