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Minding Our Elders: Long-time spouse may lose will to live

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DEAR CAROL: My mom died a month ago and Dad is in a nursing home with mid to late-stage Alzheimer’s. Mom had visited him every day until shortly before she died. At the time, it seemed that Dad didn’t even recognize Mom when he saw her, but now that she’s gone Dad’s going downhill fast and the doctor says he doesn’t expect Dad to live much longer.

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