I went to visit my cousin who is in Memory Care yesterday. Most of the time, I take a couple of photos. When I asked her to smile for the camera, she didn't. I thought that maybe she was distracted or just not in the mood, so, I left it alone. Later, I noticed that she didn't smile at all, even though she seemed happy. I recalled how I have read that with dementia, the patient loses the ability to smile.
I know that with some things, the patient may regain some of their losses later on. Do you think that the smile will return? Sometimes, she has a very difficult time transferring from her wheelchair, but other times, she does much better. I just wondered if her smile capacity would fluctuate too. Wishful thinking?
I encourage you all to take photos of your loved ones while you can.