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Living with Alzheimer's Disease

Ed Badley | United Kingdom

Organization: HELD Collective Member

Octogenarian with physical prowess - Tony is an octogenarian, fit and healthy and full of physical prowess, until that is, he was diagnosed with Alzheimers disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. It belies a set of symptoms that includes memory loss and difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language.

As a nation ages, health care providers are working to minimize risks of chronic illness and debilitation. Blood pressure and cholesterol control, cancer screening, and exercise are interventions patients expect to hear about. However, other less-recognised health risks also need attention. Loneliness and social isolation are common among the elderly and lead to declining health and poor quality of life.

This series concentrates on Tony, a once fit and active octogenarian, who has declined over recent years with the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. His loving wife and family visit him in the care home where he now lives and enjoy the anecdotal stories and recollections of Tony talking about his early life experiences, a regression that is common in the disease, as it ultimately takes hold and the short-term memory becomes non-existent.

Tony had physical prowess in his early 80’s before his diagnosis, and these images document the unfortunate but predictable decline that is caused by this particular unforgiving and cruel disease.


His photographic career has spanned 25 years within an ever-changing industry and he is a member of the HELD Collective, an international collective of social documentary photographers that has global coverage focusing on visual storytelling. .

He studied at the prestigious Salisbury College of Art, England from 1984-87 before embarking on a photographic career that has taken him all over the world shooting a wide range of assignments.

A traditional photographer at heart he still regularly shoots on film as well as embracing new technologies, but loves photography for the art form it is. He classes himself as a documentary photographer although has worked commercially during his long love affair with the medium.

He is currently a lecturer in photography in North West England, a role that allows him to pass on and impart his knowledge and work ethics to the next generation of aspiring photographers.

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