ABC interviewed the couple (see U-Tube above). V ery special short interview. Charlton said in this interview, “What can’t be cured must be endured.” Lydia Heston told how she was appalled upon hearing the news. Nancy Reagan called her and offered to talk anytime Lydia needed to talk. The interviewed said so appropriately to Heston, “The problem is not for you, but for those around you.”
At the time Charlton Heston was President of the National Rifle Association for the third term, on August 9, 2002 Heston announced he had the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. A year later Heston stepped down from his NRA Presidency. See here.
Now Heston was famous for these quotes:
- "This doesn’t happen when they use guns."
- "I’ll give you my gun when you take it from my cold, dead hand."
An article came out the day of his announcement in Slate (The New York Times Weekender on line) that asked “Will Charlton Heston Have to Give Up His Guns?” See here. It seems that several states, including California and Oregon, have this requirement for Alzheimer’s patients.
I am not sure how the Heston family handled the gun issue, but the following solutions can work to prevent the AD loved one use guns when deluded or angry.
1. Lock up the guns.
2. Put the ammunition elsewhere.
3. Disable the gun.
Charles Heston acted in the first two epic movies I ever saw, “The Ten Commandments” and “Ben Hur”. He was always handsome with his stature, chiseled face and distinctive voice and always well-regarded. They don’t make ‘em like him anymore and certainly several other California actors have disgraced themselves in recent years.
Arnold and Mel,
Who will be there for you like Lydia was for Charles and Nancy was for Ronnie if you get dementia? Just wondering.