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Emotional moments are frequent during Gloria's visits as David Richmond's condition deteriorates from Alzheimer's disease. (Nov. 19, 2007)

Alzheimer's on Long Island: The Richmonds

Gloria Richmond travels by bus at least four days a week to visit her husband, David, who lives in a Suffolk County nursing facility. Click here to buy a reprint of any photo. To buy a copy of any video, send us an email.

Gloria and David Richmond pose for a picture
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Gloria and David Richmond pose for a picture on their wedding day, Nov. 27, 1985.

Gloria Richmond takes the bus to visit her
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Gloria Richmond takes the bus to visit her husband, David, who has lived at Suffolk County's John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility since his decline from Alzheimer's disease made it impossible for Gloria to care for him at home. (Nov. 18, 2007)

Emotional moments are frequent during Gloria's visits as
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Emotional moments are frequent during Gloria's visits as David Richmond's condition deteriorates from Alzheimer's disease. (Nov. 19, 2007)

Gloria Richmond visits her husband, David, where he
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Gloria Richmond visits her husband, David, where he lives at the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing Facility in Yaphank. Today he also wears a camouflage hat she's brought him that she says reminds her of one of his old favorites. (Dec. 17, 2007)

Gloria Richmond shares an emotional moment with her
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Gloria Richmond shares an emotional moment with her husband, David. During visits at the nursing facility where he lives, Gloria says, she must walk a fine line between asking for improvements in his care and becoming an annoyance to the staff. (Dec. 17 2007)

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David and Gloria Richmond have a visit at
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David and Gloria Richmond have a visit at the nursing facility where he lives in Yaphank. David wears gloves most of the time so he can't scratch at himself, a compulsion brought on by one of his medications. (Nov. 19, 2007)

Alzheimer's patient David Richmond colors a picture with
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Alzheimer's patient David Richmond colors a picture with crayons his wife, Gloria, brings when she visits him at the county nursing facility in Yaphank. (Nov. 19, 2007)

Gloria Richmond feeds her husband, David. Pureed foods
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Gloria Richmond feeds her husband, David. Pureed foods are best for him at this stage in his Alzheimer's disease. The food trays are color-coded, and blue means David can still feed himself, too. (Dec. 17, 2007)

Because of his service in the U.S. Navy,
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Because of his service in the U.S. Navy, David Richmond has a military burial at Calverton National Cemetery. (June 29, 2009)

Gloria Richmond receives the U.S. flag that draped
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Gloria Richmond receives the U.S. flag that draped the coffin of her husband, David, during his burial at Calverton National Cemetery. (June 29, 2009)

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Gloria Richmond visits the grave of her husband
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Gloria Richmond visits the grave of her husband David in Calverton National Cemetery. (Aug. 4, 2009)