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The last evening out my parents shared came a few years after my father’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. I think somehow my Mom knew this might be the last so she planned a lovely night at a special restaurant.

Halfway through dinner Daddy looked at Mom and said, “You are the most beautiful woman in the room.”

Then he said, “Do you know my wife Dorothy?”

She called me after dinner devastated. “He doesn’t know who I am.”

Understanding her sadness, I saw a gift in Daddy’s words. In that moment, he didn’t know who she was. But after forty years of marriage, he still thought she was the most beautiful woman in the room.

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Jane Allison Austin, J.D./M.A.

Jane Allison Austin, J.D./M.A.

Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney. Daughter of Daddy with Alzheimer’s and Mother with Dementia.