Husband With Alzheimer’s Forgot He Was Married to Wife. He Proposed, And They Married Again 38 Years Later.

A man diagnosed with Alzheimer’s proposed to his wife of 38 years after forgetting they were married, so she said yes and they got married again, The Chicago Tribune reports.

“You don’t say, ‘Oh, we’re already married,’ ” 64-year-old Linda Joyce told New Zealand news outlet Stuff. “So, I said, ‘Of course I will,’ thinking he might not remember.”

He did. Michael Joyce, 68, woke up the next morning and asked, “So, when are we doing this?”

Linda took to a community website to ask for help.

“Amidst the often sad and frustrating times living with Alzheimer’s . . . there is joy!” she wrote.

“My adored Hubby of 38 years suffers from Alzheimer’s/Disphasia. Two nights ago, out of the blue, with tear-filled eyes, he asked me to marry him!” she wrote.

“Michael had clearly forgotten we were already married but I absolutely went along with him and said I would be delighted to be his wife. In spite of his confused mind, he obviously knows and feels this is something he really wants to do . . . to Michael it will be our Wedding Ceremony and to our friends and myself, a truly precious memorable occasion.”

Linda received many responses from people volunteering to officiate the wedding and photograph it.

“I couldn’t resist offering to photograph this special occasion for free, just for the privilege of being there,” photographer Desmond Downs wrote.

The couple exchanged vows Saturday surrounded by friends.

“There’s been a lot of sadness and a lot of frustration,” Linda said. “And despite all the fogginess, today has been pure joy.”