Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Sunday 01 August |
Saint of the Day: St. Alphonsus Liguori
home iconFor Her
line break icon

Man with Alzheimer’s Demonstrates that “Love Can Become An Instinct”

Zoe Romanowsky - published on 08/22/15

Husband wanders off as an act of love for his wife

Blaise Pascal once wrote that, “The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of.” It’s not a stretch to apply his words to the story of a senior citizen named Melvyn Amrine and his wife of sixty years, Doris.

Melvyn was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s three years ago, and it’s been hard for Doris to watch the dieases take hold. Melvyn can’t remember their engagement very well, and he generally needs assistance walking outside, but a recent event made Doris realize that Melvyn is still the man she has always known.

The story is a testament to the fact that long-standing habits born of love for another can stay with us, and that this love becomes the deepest part of us, almost instinctual.

Health and WellnessRelationships
Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Cerith Gardiner
Simone Biles leaves the Olympics with an important lesson for her...
Ignacio María Doñoro
Francisco Veneto
The military chaplain who pretended to be a criminal to rescue a ...
Cerith Gardiner
Gold-winning Filipina Olympian shares her Miraculous Medal for th...
Theresa Civantos Barber
The one thing we all should do before this summer ends
Zelda Caldwell
German women’s gymnastics teams modest dress protests sport’s ...
Violeta Tejera
Carlo Acutis’ first stained glass window in jeans and sneak...
Zelda Caldwell
World-record winning gymnast Simone Biles leans on her Catholic f...
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.