No longer smiles

  All Alzheimer's Symptoms

When it happens

Late severe stage

Why it happens

As muscles become more rigid, forming a smile may become a physical impossibility.

What you can do

  • Offer your touch. Just because you don't see a visual response (or hear a verbal one) doesn't mean the person has no reaction to loving kindness.

  • Offer your words. Most people with late-stage Alzheimer's can still hear (if they're not physically deaf due to another cause). Sing, talk, hum.