Inside the mind: people with Alzheimer’s and their families (includes photo essay)

Looking at Alzheimer’s through the eyes of love: this photo essay that shows how much caregivers value their loved ones. Alzheimer’s can take memories, but it cannot break a bond of affection.

To listen to the accompanying podcast for this story, click here.

The shirt of the event made by the organization “END ALZHEIMERS” that reads “memories should last forever.” Organizers of the event and family members were wearing this shirt.

Patients and guest waiting under the tent for the rain to stop.

The hand of an Alzheimer’s patient.

A family supporting their loved one. Alzheimer’s disease is more common in women, approximately 1 in 3 women are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

The hands of an Alzheimer’s patient holding onto his daughter’s hand.

A daughter and caregiver with her mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

A caregiver with an Alzheimer’s patient from The Palace.

An Alzheimer’s patient reaching for food provided at the event.

Close-up picture of Alzheimer’s patient Jose Gonzalez’s wheelchair. Alzheimer’s disease is more common among Hispanics and Black people.

A caregiver and an Alzheimer’s patient at the event.

A daughter taking care of her mother.

Alexander Luzula is a junior double majoring in political science and journalism, with a minor in international relations. After graduating, he wishes to pursue a career in journalism.

Isabella Menendez is a sophomore majoring in Broadcast Journalism at FIU with a certificate in pre-law. She is interested in entertainment and public speaking. After graduation, she wishes to attend law school to become an entertainment lawyer.

Paula Silva is a senior digital communications student from South America aspiring to work in sports Public Relations or media communications. She enjoys learning from all kinds of
media and reporting.