It has been a slow progressing disease for the 79-year-old Tillsonburg man, married for the past 58 years to his wife Margaret.
"Sam, for the most part, he can see a funny side," said Margaret from their Hickory Hills home while Sam was out for coffee. "He has bad days too. I have this friend, June, who will call. She says, 'It's June calling.' And he will say, 'It's not July?' And she'll say, 'No, and it's not May either.'
"He picks up on little things, and every once in a while it makes you see that he does have a sensitive side in there, and I wish people would treat people with Alzheimer's on the same level as they always have. Because even though they sometimes can't express themselves, inside they're the same. And they want the understanding and the interaction that they were used to."
It helps living in a neighbourhood for seniors, she said, where they moved before Sam was diagnosed in April 2012. Read more...