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November 24, 2007



It is indeed a tragic disease. I know of the toll it takes on a family. To see someone as you have remembered them, almost leaves you feeling as empty as they are.
On a lighter note. I think we all suffer a form of Alzheimer's. When we see someone we are with do something dumb or stupid, what do we say. I don't know you!


My grandmother suffered from Alzheimers disease as well, and was in a home for 4 years before she passed away. My grandfather visited her every other day for the entire 4 years and would spend the whole day by her side.

She too had a crush on a guy who was in the facility, and my grandfather was ok with that. She would flirt with my grandfather when he was visiting, and she had a companion who would spend the off days with her.

She couldn't keep a thought for more then a min, but at least she didn't feel alone. That was what kept us all sane for that time, since she didn't remember any of us, nor could we carry on a conversation with her for any length of time. It was really hard to say goodbye to her and know that she had no idea who I was, or recall any part of the visit we had just had.


At least they stop asking you to visit.


Oh my gosh, what a bittersweet story. My great-grandfather had the early signs of Alzheimer's, and it was a little unsettling to leave after a visit and not be sure if he had been fully present during that time. He actually had a romance w/ a lady at the religious grounds he was living at. Part of me at first resented it, thinking it was a dishonor to my late great-grandma. But then I realized she would have wanted him to be happy and if a female companion could offer that, then it was a good thing.

Anyway, I now have even more profound respect for Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Professionally and personally she is an amazing, caring, and insightful lady and a great role model to women everywhere. Thanks for sharing, Gene - I really like this post.


I wish I had alzehimer's.


My dad died of Alzheimer's disease nearly 5 years ago, and so this story has held my interest, too. The thing about Alzheimer's is that your loved one "disappears" while their physical being remains, so you mourn them while they are still alive. It's extremely hard on the family in that regard. I was willing to furnish my dad with anything that made him happy during those dark days, so I can empathize with the O'Connor family's delight that Mr. O'Connor has found a new friend who brings him joy.

Tiffiny Kaye Whitney

You know, this story is both very sweet and sad. I think that, naturally, you would want your partner and love to be happy no matter what. If they were stuck with a degenerative brain disease like Alzheimer's...yeah, you'd want them to be comfortable. Still...I would feel awful that my husband had forgotten me and fallen in love with someone else. Obviously it'd be no reflection on me, but it'd hurt, nonetheless...even knowing that my husband had found true love in his final days.

Vic Rattler

As interesting as this story is, it's sad Bean's basically recycling other peoples work as blog content.


My grandma's best friend has an early form of Alzheimer's, but is always looking on the bright side. As she told me, "Having Alzheimer's is great! I can buy my own christmas and birthday presents and be surprised when I open the box and I can hide my own Easter Eggs." So, its not all bad.


What a bittersweet story. Bean, I love you.

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