From the department of HEART WRENCHING:
News sources are reporting that Sandra Day O'Connor's husband, who suffers from Alzheimer's, has found a new girlfriend in his assisted living home in Phoenix.
O'Connor and her husband met at Stanford Law, and have been married since 1952. Says Scott O'Connor, one of their 3 children, "Mom was thrilled that Dad was relaxed and happy and comfortable living here and wasn't complaining." Scott went on to describe his dad as a "teenager in love" and said that often times his mother visits with his father and his new girlfriend, described only as "Kay."
This story, sad and happy at once, brings up a whole new facet of Alzheimer's, namely that, while the sufferers may not remember names, faces, events, they do still have a need for relationships.
I know in my own personal experience with my grandmother, who has Alzheimer's and just turned 85 today, that having Ralph, her "boyfriend" with her throughout the day, even when they don't talk but just hold hands and watch tv, is a huge relief to her.
Just goes to show you that, though they may not be the person they once were, they still need your love, and other's love, more than ever.
Published On: November 16, 2007