Pat Robertson, former presidential candidate and well-known televangelist, gave advice on his TV talk show “The 700 Club” this week that doesn’t sit well with some people familiar with Alzheimer’s disease.
A viewer named Andreas asked about his friend, who started seeing another woman after his wife developed Alzheimer’s: “He says that he should be allowed to see other people, because his wife as he knows her is gone. I’m not sure what to tell him. Please help.”
Robertson acknowledged that this is a “terribly hard thing” but also said the person in question is correct. “I know it sounds cruel, but if he’s going to do something, he should divorce her and start all over again, but to make sure she has custodial care and somebody looking after her,” he said.
“Isn’t that the vow we take when we marry someone, that’s for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer?” his co-anchor asked.
There is the vow of “till death do us part,” but Alzheimer’s is “a kind of death,” he said