The smile can have a cumulative positive effect if you give of it generously and often.
How many times, How often?
How many times each day do your hold their hand, or make contact and smile? Just smile, no words.
Are you actively aware of the importance of the smile in Alzheimer's communication?
When I saw the image of the objectionable Alzheimer's ad, newly adorned with Dotty's familiar picture, I felt hopeful and inspired and energized.
|Pamela R. Kelley|
Oh yes, indeed. Dotty certainly did.
She lived a life so completely contrary to the common expectations conjured by the word "Alzheimer's". She survived the diagnosis, the dreadful word, and continued to live, to imagine, to love, to sing and enjoy her good fortune.
She managed all that, and lived a good, long life despite being saddled with the complications imposed by disease in her later years.
Though she had a disease, she wasn't only her disease. She was wonderfully, beautifully, authentically human until she drew her final breath.