Mabel is easy to forget. After all, she lives in what is called an "Alzheimer's unit" of the local nursing home. She makes no demands
She makes no demands upon her family. Since she doesn't ask for attention, it's probably only natural that they visit a little less often.
She makes no demands upon her friends. They assume that if she can't speak about current events anymore, she can't talk about her memories or enjoy a conversation about the day.
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