It is with sadness that we learned yesterday of Gene Wilder's death. He was a phenomenal actor who delighted so many of us over the years in which he performed. His passing has filled many with remembrances of his work and tributes for what he meant to them are being widely shared. In the announcement from his family, it was revealed that Mr. Wilder had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's three years ago.
On the news, Lyn heard the obituary and and its reference to Alzheimer's and panicked. "Did he die of Alzheimer's? Does it make people die?" Mom explained to Lyn that he was 83 and that the Alzheimer's found in senior citizens is different than the kind she has. Mom also pointed out that everyone dies eventually. Lyn accepted these statements and settled down.
She was clearly afraid that if he died from Alzheimer's then she will too. We don't tell her that.