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Elderly woman found living with her deceased husband and two dogs

Here’s the latest sad Alzheimer’s disease story:

When police peered through the window of a home in Decatur, Ala., last week, they discovered the tragic scene of a 78-year-old woman, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, still living with her husband nearly a month after his death.

Doris Kirby was also living there with her two dogs that appeared to have died from starvation.

Relatives had expressed concern when they hadn’t heard from the elderly couple in months, and police were sent to the house on Friday. But Doris Kirby did not understand the officers were there to help her. They had to force their way into the house, NBC News reported.

Police found the body of her husband, 75-year-old Jessie Claude Kirby, lying in his bed where he had died from natural causes about four weeks ago, the Morgan County coroner told reporters on Sunday.

Doris Kirby, who was described as in poor health, was transported to Decatur Morgan Hospital.

Lindsey Bever is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post. Tweet her: @lindseybever

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