"Dementia // La Demencia"

I was never close to my grandfather (mi abuelo) until he was nearly dead.
He was a Korean War draftee, blue collar worker, self-taught painter and above all else, a proud Puerto Rican. I grew up as a Hispanic with no lengual culture. This series began in 2011 when I learned mi abuelo only had six months to live. He fought his failing health for six years after that.
The decline of mi abuelo’s health and the journey to his final resting place brought me closer to him in a way that only creating shared experiences can. Every three to six months I traveled to Michigan, Illinois, or Texas to document our new memories and capture his old experiences.
This series aims to add to the conversations of palliative care, aging and the end of life that a larger and larger segment of the population face daily.