In the report Another present broadcast on France 3, men evoke this sometimes difficult everyday life that he spends with his wife and suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.
A crushing reality. On Monday 21 September, France 3 presented the documentary at the end of the evening Another gift, shot in a specialized retirement home. Their inhabitants are suffering Alzheimer’s disease. This neurodegenerative pathological causes a partial or total memory loss but also encounters recognition problems or even taste, and over time, sick people have difficulty expressing themselves. A tragedy for their loved ones who are struggling to be recognized.
In the report, a man continues to visit his wife, for whom the past does not look like anything. But if she does not have more memories, her husband likes to revive her thanks to his words, these beautiful moments they spent together. “One day we went to Reunion Island. With Luc, Florence, all three. Our three children and the two of us, we were on a beautiful boat. We went for a month, we had made a trip and we spent four years in Reunion. Four years under the sun! ”
“It’s quite difficult”
Despite the illness, love is still present for this other man, who continues to visit his sick wife. “I live a widow’s life while I have a wife who is still alive. And it’s painful. It’s quite difficult “, he admits with great emotion. But the latter tries at all costs to keep the flame, especially by making it dance to a soft melody of music. This special relationship, he can not describe it. “I feel that there is something, but defining it is very difficult. She’s holding on to me … As if there was something left between us. There has been a lot of love, maybe there is still a little left. Still.”
The Alzhemeir Research Foundation reports that approximately 900,000 people are ill in France and that 225,000 new cases are registered each year. Two out of three patients are women.
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