Leaving Home
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A story a lot of families have to go through. One day it just becomes impossible to continue to stay at home. It is the memory. We do not live any more in the same time. Taking care becomes a burden. One day much to difficult. Leaving home, the only exit.

In 2015, there were approximately 48 million people worldwide with AD. It most often begins in people over 65 years of age, although 4% to 5% of cases are early-onset Alzheimer’s which begin before this. It affects about 6% of people 65 years and older.

The German photographer Matthias Koch documents in this short photo essay the very painful moment when his father in law had to move to a retirement home for people affected by Alzheimer, leaving the house in his home village where he had spent 87 years.