Because we’re all human, our bodies break down as we get older, and our mind loses their flexibility as well.
For some, the degeneration is severe enough to warrant a diagnosis of dementia.
Simple things that are simple for others are now difficult to complete when coping with dementia. The flip side is that even the most mundane abilities, such as the capacity to bake bread, can feel life-giving.
What is Dementia? How Does It Affect You?
Dementia is a subtle but evil disease that’s been on the rampage for a very long time, even Jesus’ day.
Dementia is a group of brain-related symptoms that cause changes in one’s intellectual and social functioning rather than a single disease.
Moreover, Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most common causes of dementia while memory loss is a symptom, but not all memory loss is dementia.
Further, dementia can progress in a variety of ways; your doctor may be able to predict what to expect if you or a loved one has dementia, but each situation is different.
Persons with dementia can lose track of where they are, and not know how to care for themselves, and what to do with objects.
They may even be scared and suspicious of you.
Friends and family members may not know how to communicate with, comfort, or even be with such persons.
But…there is HOPE IN GOD’s WORD.
Healing Scriptures for Dementia Patients and Caregivers
The following healing bible verses for dementia will help build your faith to receive healing for yourself or your loved ones.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Heal me, Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.
My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave. 21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.
Worship the Lord your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you,
Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness.
Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
1 Peter 2:24
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds, you have been healed.”
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits- 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the Lord, ‘because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.’
Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
He said, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.”
Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
The Lord will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Have mercy on me, Lord, for I am faint; heal me, Lord, for my bones are in agony.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Stretch out your hand to heal and perform signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. 8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
No weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord.
Bible Verses for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia
It’s not always the case, but children frequently become their parents’ carers as they grow older, and as such can become overwhelmed seeing their parents in the state that they are in.
To help, here are a few great bible verses for caregivers of those suffering from dementia.
The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, remember that God is with you and will give you the strength to persevere.
“…Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
If you’re finding it difficult to comprehend and accept how much dementia has changed your loved one, Matthew 25:40 is a helpful reminder to stay with them and keep going.
2 Timothy 1:7
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.
If you’re frustrated and your anger is getting the best of you, that’s not unusual. However, this scripture assures us that God has provided you with sufficient grace to persevere in any circumstance.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
If you’re afraid about the future, this scripture is a nice reminder that God has a good plan for your life and that you can trust Him.
I lift up my eyes to the mountains—where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
If you feel you are in a dilemma, this is an excellent moment to do as the Psalmist suggests and lift your voice to the Lord in prayer for assistance.
“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
If you’re dealing with dementia’s challenging behaviors, realize that love makes all the difference.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 tells us that God is working out His will in your life just in case you need a reminder that He is with you.
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Prayer for Those Suffering With Dementia
Father of all flesh and spirit, your Son Jesus Christ brought healing of mind and body to deliver your people from satanic oppression and to show that your Kingdom is here.
In this hour of dire and urgent need, I look to you in prayer, I seek to understand your purpose at this hour and to see the manifestation of healing to this loved one (name of loved one) mind.
Lord, I don’t only pray for my loved one, but I also pray for all those whose memory is fading. Also, Lord, bless those who care for the sick, who share the journey, and who need your grace to continue. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.