I nearly forgot about this, the week 17th -23rd May has been designated Dementia Awareness Week hosted by the Alzheimer’s Society . Dementia is a serious and progressive disease that leads to memory loss, mobility and communication problems that can make life confusing. Distressingly, sufferers can fail to recognise loved ones in the later stages.
I was out looking for portrait opportunities.
A house with an unusually maintained hedge caught my imagination but little else.
I was beginning to loose heart.
Then an elderly gentleman slowly shuffled by.
Shuffling is a major sign of the later stages of the disease.
Here was my subject !
I walked alongside trying to strike up a rapport.
“Moi names Moik, you remoind me o’ moi brudder !”
“Can I take your picture Mike ?”
I followed Mike the short distance to his home. He seemed happy with the attention.
At his front door Mike fumbled in his pocket for the key, a fleeting moment of anxiety, where was it ?
“Mike, I think it would make a really cool shot, you standing in the middle of the street with those old storage tanks in the background”
A lovely obliging man, I promised to return with some prints. The portrait I captured was recognised in the SUN Awards . I wanted Mike to have a copy of the book but when I returned Mike was sadly gone.
1 in 14 people over 65yrs currently have Dementia increasing to 1 in 6 in over 80′s.
The Alzheimer’s Society are the UK’s leading support and research charity they believe passionately that life doesn’t end when dementia begins. They exist for anyone affected by dementia, and do everything they can to keep people with dementia connected to their lives and the people who matter most.
Dementia can happen to anyone and there’s currently no cure. There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK and the number is set to rise to 1 million by the end of the year. We are all expected to be living longer in the future so research into the causes of the disease is urgent and vital.
Both my own parents were affected by this distressing disease.
The Alzheimer Society would be most grateful for your support.
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