Husband With Alzheimer’s Shows His Wife He Hasn’t Forgotten How Much He Loves Her


When 84-year-old Melvyn Amrine went missing near his home in Little Rock, Ark., in early May, his wife, Doris, called the police. She was especially worried because her husband has Alzheimer’s disease — his memory has been slowly fading for the last three years or so.

But when police found him two miles from his home, he knew exactly where he was going and why he was going there — he needed to get Mother’s Day flowers for his wife. The officers couldn’t bring him home without helping him complete that mission.

CBS’ Steve Hartman caught up later with the Amrines to hear how the heartwarming story ended.

“It’s special,” Doris Amrine tells him in the video below, “because even though the mind doesn’t remember everything, the heart remembers.”

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