A local tabloid headlined in Tagalog ‘Lolo Sinaksak Si Lola Dahil Sa Matinding Selos’ and would be roughly translated as ‘ Grandpa Stabs Grandma Because of Extreme Jealousy’.
Poring over the banner story, I found out that the seventy something husband stabbed (thankfully not fatal enough to kill her) his sixty something wife on suspicions that his wife was pregnant courtesy of another man. While the report did not mention any mental illness from the husband, at seventy and with the distorted belief that a sixty something can still get pregnant (surrogate pregnancy is not allowed in the Philippines), there can only be one plausible explanation. The man could have been suffering from Alzheimer’s Disease. I wish I had been given the chance to do a neuropsychological test on him.
Paranoid behavior is common in Alzheimer’s Disease and delusions about or accusations of infidelity is among the most common. This would have been an easy enough a behavioral problem to handle but not when it is potentially life threatening to either party, in this case the wife.
While the thought of a sixty something wife being pregnant seems hilarious despite its improbability, at the end of the day, this is no laughing matter at all.
If you have a family member with Alzheimer’s Disease with aggressive behavior, consult your doctor (and I said your doctor, it does not have to be me) about it. Don’t wait before they become, God forbid, another tabloid headline or a banner story.