Grandpa with Alzheimer’s Disease Forgets Everything, But Never Forgets His Wife

People with Alzheimer’s Disease have a problem with their memory. A lot of them can’t even remember the names of their spouses and children! Many can’t even remember their own name and might eventually act like children, unable to live on their own because they don’t even know how to feed themselves.

Lolo Rogelio Dy, 76, has Alzheimer’s Disease. He forgets everything, except his wife! For Lolo Rogelio, nothing and no one else is more precious to him than his wife, Lola Erlinda. Thus, he could never forget his wife.

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But when Lola Erlinda was diagnosed with COVID-19, she had to be isolated for weeks. The family had already lost one member due to the virus. They simply can’t afford to lose their grandma, grandpa, or anyone else for that matter!

So, they readily complied with the government directive for Lola Erlinda to be put in isolation so she won’t spread the virus to her family. But this is very heartbreaking for Lolo Rogelio who could only remember his wife yet keeps on forgetting that she has COVID-19.

Everyday without fail, Lolo Rogelio would ask his grandkids where Lola Erlinda is. He is simply so used to having her around and she really is a big part of his life. So, the kids have to repeatedly tell him about Lola Erlinda – and he would keep insisting that they let him go to the hospital.

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Kailangan pagpasensyahan mo lang tapos mag-e-explain ka lang talaga nang maigi sa kanya,” narrated one of the couple’s grandchildren, Jove Pascual.

Unable to process what is happening, Lolo Rogelio would be so distressed about not having Lola Erlinda around that his grandkids would often just let him call his wife.

Kapag kinukumusta niya ako, kinikilig ho siya. Nami-miss daw niya ako. Sabi niya susunduin daw niya ako diyan. Sabi ko hindi puwede,” Lola Erlinda shared.

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Though he keeps on forgetting that she’s in quarantine, Lolo Rogelio never forgot Lola Erlinda. Each time he hears that she is sick, he would feel sad and say that he wished it was him who got sick because he doesn’t like it when she is suffering. Awwww.

Naaawa nga ako sa asawa ko e. Kung magkakasakit, ako na lang sana, huwag na siya. Syempre mahal ko ho ‘yung asawa ko kaya ganoon,” Lolo Rogelio explained.

Thankfully, Lola Erlinda got better. On the day she was released from quarantine, the younger kids surprised their grandfather – and he thought they were pranking him!

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What’s so funny is that he was so shy and excited to meet his wife again that he took her hand for the Pinoy tradition of doing a ‘mano’ instead of giving her a hug or kiss. What a cutie! Asked why he did that, Lolo Rogelio explained that he was shy because there were so many people and everyone was teasing them for a ‘kissing scene’…

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What’s so funny is that he was so shy and excited to meet his wife again that he took her hand for the Pinoy tradition of doing a ‘mano’ instead of giving her a hug or kiss. What a cutie! Asked why he did that, Lolo Rogelio explained that he was shy because there were so many people and everyone was teasing them for a ‘kissing scene’…

Check out their sweet story here:

JUAN LOVE: LOLONG MAY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, NAGPUPUMILIT NA LUMABAS NG BAHAY PARA HANAPIN ANG ASAWANG DINAPUAN NG COVID-19

JUAN LOVE: LOLONG MAY ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE, NAGPUPUMILIT NA LUMABAS NG BAHAY PARA HANAPIN ANG ASAWANG DINAPUAN NG COVID-19Sa kasagsagan ng quarantine, nagpupumilit lumabas at umalis ng bahay ang 76-anyos na si Lolo Rogelio para hanapin ang asawang si Lola Erlinda. Dahil sa Alzheimer's Disease, nakakalimutan ni Lolo na nasa quarantine facility ang kanyang misis na dinapuan ng COVID-19. Magkita pa kaya sila? Panoorin ang ang nakakikilig at makapukaw-damdaming kuwento ni Lolo Rogelio sa video na ito! #JuanLoveREAD: https://bit.ly/2Nkw4xD

Posted by GMA Public Affairs on Saturday, June 20, 2020