10 August 2006


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Anonymous said...

Last night I watched a film about a composer who got the Alzheimer disease- A song for Martin. It affected me a lot. It seemed that the composer felt the moment when the illness entered his body. And from there, his memory dropped steadily until his wife said goodbye to him just before he lost the consciousness of recognizing her. But more than being about him, the film was about his wife and her inner fight for understanding the changing condition of her husband. That the illness was a firm and steady progress downwards. There was no hope for him of fighting against that development. She couldn't make any demands on him trying to do better. In the end she does the same to here memories as what has happened to the husband. That is, after he has gone into a nursing home to stay there until he dies, she decides to put all her memories she has had with him and his belongings to a storage area where she does not see them. They are in her past and she needs to recover her life. Something she had given up in order to be able to nurse her husband 24 hours a day.

After seeing such a film, it is even clearer to me now the value of creating a place for the RELATIVES of these patients and INVESTIGATION of the illness. The pressure is enormous. I believe both doctors and relatives feel very handicapped in not understanding the cause of Alzheimer. On he other hand, I really believe that the architecture can support the investigation by being shaped by the CONTEXT of the CULTURE that has SHAPED the PEOPLE who have the illness. I know this is difficult for you as the architect but we must commit to this belief.