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For some, there is no question but that they are married, "for better or worse, in sickness and in health ‘til death do they part," and the answer is obvious that they will not seek out a new relationship.
For others, there is the belief that they are still young and healthy and, since their spouse doesn't recognize them anyhow, they should be able to date.
For most people with Alzheimer's, symptoms first appear after age 60.
It is believed that there may be as many as 5.1 million Americans who have this form of dementia.
More often than not, this is the "wish" of the person that has Alzheimer's. After years of loneliness his wife asked for permission to divorce and remarry…Both his wife and new husband cared for him to this day. Many people I know who condemned Terry Schiavo’s husband for “moving on”, calling it “adultery” but were very sympathic in the case I just described… The problem with the Terry Schiavo case is that he WAS still married to her! No, we're snuffing ourselves out at the beginning and the end of life, so eventually, humanity will cease to exist. Someone with later-stage Alzheimer's or severe dementia is not the same person as the one their spouse married.
Approximately ten percent of American's in hospice care have Alzheimer's disease.
Many of them are being cared for at home with the assistance of Hospice.
People with Alzheimer's can live for many years with this disease and there are various levels of progression.
Symptoms can be mild (some memory loss, getting lost, and trouble handling money), moderate (continued memory loss, confusion and trouble recognizing family members) to severe (unable to communicate, completely dependent on others).