Who can forget the inspiration we get from certain movies that resonate with our hearts? “Annie” was one for me. So many great messages there…focusing on the positive…having hope….spreading kindness…and the importance of a smile. To be fully dressed, according to Annie, we must have a smile!
Lady-Links try to convey all those messages each time we visit our dear friends with dementia, and one thing for certain is that we know that a smile is a vital part of what we wear each day! We see how our dear friends respond to our smiles.
It’s easy to smile because we enjoy our dear friends so much. We look forward to our visits which we find fun and delightful.
There are many studies that show that when you smile at someone, they will smile back. That is true with our friends with dementia. They will respond to our smiles and laughter, even though they don’t always fully understand exactly what is happening. But they “catch” our mood and it uplifts theirs as well.
Our Lady-Links smile so much because we enjoy becoming involved in meaningful activities with our dear friends, whether it is playing a game, sharing a show and tell object, participating in a musical activity or making a craft.
Our Lady-Links “dress” in smiles naturally! That simple act generates a “domino effect” of smiles traveling from one person to another, helping to create an atmosphere of happiness regardless of circumstances.
Families and caregivers of our dear friends tell us that after we leave, that the person with dementia remains in a good mood for a while even though she might not remember what we did or even that we visited.
The Lady-Links dress for success…and we know that includes a smile because as Annie says, “You’re never fully dressed without one!”
“When you’re smiling, when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you.”