Alzheimers

Alzheimers

 

The Story behind the series/panel

As a main carer for my husband who has alzheimers, I wanted to create a pictorial narrative of his deterioration with out using his image. The slow deterioration if subtle  and not noticeable at first, but when comparing the diagnoses date to the final outcome you see the difference, so the effect reflects this.  The flower represents his memory, which over time becomes a blurred reality, the colour represents his physical being, its a constant, so stays the same through out. I could have time lapsed the flower from bud to wilt and decay, but that means I would have had to mention death and decay, which I dont want to face at the moment, maybe in the future I will address that scenario. As a disabled person myself from stroke using photography as a way of expressing myself is a great out let.
I hope you find my personal project interesting as it also highlights what a debilitating condition, Alzheimers is
Inspired by Phillip Toledano  – ‘When I Was Six
Definition cognitive: [kog-ni-tiv] – of or relating to the mental processes of perception, memory, judgement, and reasoning, as contrasted with emotional and volitional processes.

The Rose, a flower of love, smelling sweet in beautiful bloom and colour, bringing joy to my soul

The Man, the love of my life, looking handsome in his prime, bringing joy to my soul

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Stage 1

Slight loss of focus and impairment, not noticeable at first

 

stage 2

 

 

Stage 2

Very mild cognitive decline

 

 

stage 3

 

 

Stage 3

Mild cognitive decline

 

 

stage 4

 

 

 

Stage 4

Moderate cognitive decline

 

stage 5

 

 

 

Stage 5

Moderately severe cognitive decline

 

stage 6

 

 

 

Stage 6

Severe cognitive decline

 

stage 7

 

 

 

Stage 7

Very severe cognitive decline

 

stage 8

 

The Rose, a flower of love, smelling sweet in beautiful bloom and colour, bringing joy to my soul, out of focus but the colour persists

The Man, the love of my life, looking handsome in his prime, bringing joy to my soul, not knowing me but is still there somewhere

 

 

OTHERS SAY

At first only the person closest will notice any difference. “We all get forgetful” others say. “There is nothing wrong” others say. “It’s all in your mind” others say. “I am just like that” others say…….Till……………… he says….. “Who are you?”

Stages of Alzheimers

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