Elia's dementia ended up inspiring a powerful mother-and-son project.
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When Tony Luciani learned that his mom Elia had been diagnosed with dementia five years ago, he was overwhelmed with emotion. "I remember having to repeat the answers over and over again as if it's the first time that she's ever asked the question," he recalls. "I'd have to answer repeatedly and I did every single time as if it was the first time."
For a while, there was a disconnect between the two. "She was just sitting when she moved in with me," he says. "The only connection were at mealtimes, and I felt really badly." But that all changed when Elia unexpectedly photobombed Tony while he was practicing with a new camera.
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