PHOENIX (FOX 10) -- Former FOX 10 AZAM news anchor Rick D'Amico revealed that his wife, Ruth, has Alzheimer's.
"When Alex Trebek went public to reveal he has pancreatic cancer, he said it was in the interest of full transparency to his many friends. It got me thinking that perhaps I should do the same," D'Amico wrote in an article posted on his personal website. "Ever since I announced my retirement and later announced that I was selling my boat for health reasons in my family, I received hundreds of inquiries on socials media, mail and in person expressing concern and wondering why and who."
In the article, D'Amico explained that Ruth was diagnosed as having Alzheimer's Disease with mild dementia in January 2016. D'Amico retired from FOX 10 on August 1, 2016, after spending 30 years at the station.
Ruth's Alzheimer's, according to D'Amico, has progressed since the 2016 diagnosis, with Ruth now having difficulty in forming sentences and forming words.
In the article, D'Amico detailed the events leading up to Ruth's diagnosis. He said that Ruth has always handled all of the "administrative chores" of the family, including financial affairs. Over the last decade or more, D'Amico said things began to change, with Ruth's personality changing, the couple starting to have disagreements, and bills not being paid at times, to the point where D'Amico's credit was affected. A neurologist recommended an evaluation for Ruth, after D'Amico mentioned that his wife had trouble communicating.
"I am her full-time caregiver. Now the tables have been turned. I now do everything," D'Amico wrote.
In the article, D'Amico said he had to sell his San Diego-based sailboat, as traveling to San Diego and sailing was becoming a hassle, and Ruth is no longer able to help in the operation of sailing.
"And I am watching her slowly drift away," D'Amico wrote. "But we are together and I still see her as the most beautiful woman I have ever met, and I love her very much and now have dedicated my life to protecting her and keeping her close."
Alzheimer's Disease information by the Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Disease information by the National Institute on Aging
Alzheimer's Disease information by the Mayo Clinic