Ultimate Love Triangle: Mother-in-Law's Alzheimer's Disease Strains Marriage
Posted Jun 30 2009 4:53pm
Lawanda Wilson was 72 when she decided to test her luck and drive from her home in Midland, Texas, to Las Vegas to visit one of her sons in the summer of 2003.
"I just thought, well, I'd just go and have a good time," said Wilson, now 79.
But she couldn't find her son's house.
Lost and disoriented, Wilson ended up sleeping in her car for days. She got back to Midland in one piece, but it was clear she was no longer capable of taking good care of herself. She wasn't eating. She wasn't taking her pills.
It turns out she was in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's disease.
"I knew that my mother was starting to lose her memory a little bit," eldest son Blane Wilson said, "but I never dreamed that it would be anything like this. I didn't see it coming at all."
Bob DeMarco is an Alzheimer's caregiver and editor of the Alzheimer's Reading Room. The Alzheimer's Reading Room is the number one website on the Internet for advice and insight into Alzheimer's disease. Bob taught at the University of Georgia, was an executive at Bear Stearns, the CEO of IP Group, and is a mentor. He has written more than 700 articles with more than 18,000 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.