Glen Johnson has loved his wife Kaye for nearly 60 years, ever since they met on a blind date.
Almost a decade ago, Kaye began exhibiting lapses in memory and other cognitive issues. So the couple made a visit to the doctor together. Glen was completely shocked at the appointment when she was unable to tell the doctor her maiden name.
Kaye was officially diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, beginning a challenging chapter in their lives.
In 2012, Kaye moved to an assisted living facility, and her condition has continued to worsen. She now spends most of her time sitting in a chair in her room, and Glen doesn’t know if she recognizes him. But even so, he faithfully visits her twice a day – once in the morning and once in the evening.
Glen says that it’s the support of their loving and tight-knit family that gets him through. Their children and grandchildren visit Kaye often and provide Glen a shoulder to lean on.
As for advice to others facing life with Alzheimer’s, Glen offers: “It’s a very cruel disease, and be aware of that. The only thing you can do is give a hundred percent support. Bear with it and do all your reading about it. Just keep praying that she’ll get better.”
Watch Glen and Kaye’s story in the video below. >>
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