Alzheimer's and Divorce

  • Jan. 9, 2012
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We all agree that Alzheimer’s places an incredible strain on a marriage.

I'm Joni Eareckson Tada and we all agree that Alzheimer’s places an incredible strain on a marriage.  Our hearts go out to the husband who must care for his wife who doesn’t even recognize him anymore. I was dismayed, though, when a while back, a Christian leader told his nationwide audience that in the case of Alzheimer’s, divorce is justifiable.  What about vowing to love in sickness and in health till death do us part?  He called Alzheimer’s a kind of early death and, therefore, it’s okay to move on into other relationships.  To me, this sends an alarming signal to other couples who must deal daily with catastrophic disabilities. Husbands and wives need support, resources and encouragement – not a pink slip that excuses them when the going gets rough.  Help us strengthen marriages by volunteering at one of our Family Retreats; get all the details at

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