Missing man, 78, reported found

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 7:39 AM
Last updated Wednesday, June 6, 2012 5:19 AM
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Richmond County authorities have found a missing man who might have early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Police said Jessie Edward Smith, 78, was located early Tuesday after apparently running out of gas south of Waynesboro.

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itsanotherday1 06/05/12 - 08:04 am
I hope he is just lost. The

I hope he is just lost. The first sign of Alzheimers for my late father-in- law was him getting lost and winding up in Lincolnton. After another "getting lost" when a downtown service station called, we just told him that the police were taking his keys.

JohnBrownAug 06/05/12 - 02:15 pm
My mother is in University

My mother is in University Hospital's Nursing Home in Evans. Alzheimer's with her started with strange behavior, too, as she tried to make sense of what was happening as the tangle of plaques invaded her brain. These people will fabricate and create conflicts because of their confusion.

I took her car from her pretty early on when it was clear she wasn't competent. There's no telling where these folks will end up driving. It takes patience to deal with them. Finally, you realize there comes a time when they have to be placed in a facility where they can be cared for constantly.

I'm very pleased with University's Evans facility even though it's as if my mother died. She's gone, make no mistake as I often do. I guess it just makes me feel good to talk with her as if she is okay, once again.

Jake 06/05/12 - 04:00 pm
Nice sentiments

@JohnBrownAug - That was a very sweet post about your mom.

itsanotherday1 06/06/12 - 12:06 am
John Brown, my sympathies are

John Brown, my sympathies are with you. Alzheimers is a horrible disease; in some respects worse for the loved ones than the victim. The patients have a period of fear and uncertainty, but once past that threshold they are unaware and no longer in mental distress. The family struggles from day 1 until the end. I hope the Lord has the compassion to take me with something else...

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