Emotionally Awkward

Sandra Day O’Connor’s husband struck up a romance with a fellow Alzheimer’s patient after moving into an assisted living center, and under the circumstances, the retired Supreme Court justice is just glad that he is comfortable, her son told a TV station.

Sandra Day O’Connor cited her husband’s illness and her need to take care of him when she retired in 2005.

The retired justice isn’t jealous about his relationship with the woman, Scott O’Connor told KPNX in Phoenix in a broadcast that aired Thursday. He said it has dramatically changed the outlook of his father, John, toward being in the Huger Mercy Living Center.

The focus of the broadcast report was Alzheimer’s patients who forget their spouses and form new relationships. It quoted experts as saying that that situation is not unusual.

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