Knowing her husband suffers from dementia, people talk to her in a pitying tone. The wife says to herself indignantly, "He doesn't remember. I was the first person he forgot." Though he doesn't remember his wife's name, their wedding anniversary, his address, he looks for her nervously when she is not around, and he complains with his eyes when having something unpleasant. Yes, they are touching each other. She says that her husband has not become someone other than "him" From her novel, "Long Separation."
"April 12 2019
from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"