I believe Wayne can still read sometimes. The last few months at home he had no interest in the comics, usually his favorite section. He rarely picked a book up and if he did, he held it as if he were “looking after it” and then set it down shortly.
Some days he would surprise me and read a headline or whatever.
Deep down I feel it’s his connection, still, to a past of reading. We’d spend hours together in bed reading or in his den.
He got one of those cartoon yearly calendars several years ago and I took it to the care home. When he was on the “intense” ward, I’d read the cartoon to him and show him the picture. He’d laugh a lot.