Laughter is good medicine. It helps to boost our mood and set us on a happy track for the remainder of the day.
As an entertainer, Marshall still has a need to see people laugh, and he can be quite funny. He no longer remembers the whole joke, but we are married long enough he doesn’t have to. I know what he’s trying to say, and that makes me laugh, which makes him laugh.
Whatever stage your loved one with Alzheimer’s is at, offer them the gift of laughter. People with Alzheimer’s can’t follow a lengthy story, so keep it simple. Look through the Sunday comics with them. Watch a comedy show together. Spend time with playful babies and pets. And just be happy around them. Your joy will be contagious even if they don’t get the joke.