John Garrett was 73 years old. He suffered from Alzheimer's Disease. He lived with his caregiver wife of 51 years. While they were each taking a nap one week ago yesterday, he awakened earlier than his wife and left his home on foot. He was not wearing a coat, just a sweater. A 27 mile radius around his home had been thoroughly searched for the past week. A college student home for this weekend saw the story of Mr. Garrett on the news and recognized him as a person he had given a lift to the day Mr.Garrett disappeared. He related this to authorities and Mr. Garrett’s body was found yesterday morning close to where the student had dropped him off. Mr. Garrett had been on a waiting list at an Alzheimer facility for quite a while now.
This is very sad news. I had been praying along with so many others that he would be found safe. My heart goes out to his wife and family. Having been a caregiver for my husband for the last 2 years of his life I know the questions that are always on my mind. Did I do this right, could I have done this differently, etc. Now after over 5 years I still have those thoughts swirling around in my mind, even knowing that I took care of Jim the best way I knew how, with much love and compassion.
When I saw the news headline in the paper this morning it just made me feel so sad.
It is bright sunshine and 27 degrees and the countdown to Spring stands at 28 days.
On a happier note, my niece and daughter are coming over for lunch today. So I need to be thinking about that. I hope you all have a great week. Stay safe and be happy!!