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Alzheimer Patient Photography

Alex Ten Napel's Series Explores a Heartbreaking Disease

— September 10, 2014 — Fashion
Dutch photographer Alex Ten Napel visited a nursing home to shoot his latest project, a documentary series that focuses on Alzheimer patients.

Napel's portraits possess a certain polarity; though each photo is fascinating and delightful, there also exists an element of quiet sorrow and stifled desperation. The result is a captivating collection of images that you won't soon forget.

As Napel says, “Alzheimer’s disease shows us human existence without any decoration." The illness can be scary and heartbreaking, causing emotional anguish for all those involved. However, Napel welcomes the sadness in his work, trying to make sense of a chaotic and confusing time in a way that also accounts for the beauty and poignancy of the human existence.
Trend Themes
1. Alzheimer's Photography - Photography that focuses on Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers presents an opportunity for a new form of therapeutic intervention and memory preservation through documentation.
2. Documentary Photography - The demand for documentary photography services for individuals with memory loss and their families creates an opportunity for photographers to apply their skills in an unconventional and meaningful way.
3. Aging Caregiver Support - The potential for Alzheimer's photography to help aging caregivers by providing them with a new outlet for expressing their emotions and telling their stories presents an opportunity for innovation in the aging care industry.
Industry Implications
1. Healthcare - The healthcare industry can capitalize on the opportunity to include Alzheimer's photography as a part of cognitive care and family support services.
2. Photography - The photography industry can explore documentary and therapeutic photography services for individuals and families affected by Alzheimer's disease.
3. Aging Care - The aging care industry can create innovative strategies to utilize the positive impacts of Alzheimer's photography on aging caregivers, leading to better patient care and support in this area.
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