Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Alzheimer's Defense: "Oops, I forgot I was married"

Sandra Day O'Connor retired from the Supreme Court in 2006 to take care of her husband, who has Alzheimer's, and now John, at 77, has forgotten that he's married and fallen in love with another woman in his Phoenix facility. Experts say the scenario is fairly common with this condition.

"Name the presidents backwards?" I can hear Bill Clinton saying to the physician testing his memory,"Easy. George W. Bush...uh...Help me out here, will ya?"

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think she's wonderful and so is
the story of her husband, as a daughter of a former patient, the
desease is devastating, and if they
can find happiness, it's wonderful
for all.

Anonymous said...

I was unaware of this symptom of Alzheimer's... and am very thankful that the former justice brought this out into the open so as to educate others. It must be somewhat hurtful that the 'healthy' spouse is forgotten and replaced by someone else.

Sybil Adelman Sage said...

It seems as if she's happy that he's found someone and able to deal with it, but we comedy writers go past the positive aspects of a story.

Annamarie said...

My father had alzheimers and I wish he had found someone to make him happy. But he never forgot who his wife was.

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