Photograph: Daniel Rocha
Alzheimer patients slowly forget how to live, forgetting names, faces, words, gestures and movements. At the care home Casa do Alecrim they teach them about their own lives, one of the classes is called “Reminiscences”.
Francisco’s mother can no longer tell he is her son, maybe because she only remembers him as a child, and “a son is not supposed to have grey hair”. Every time he comes to visit, the son has to deal with the fact that, for her, he is a stranger that she finds comfort in seeing every once in a while, although she doesn’t know exactly why. He can no longer call her “mother” because she thinks it’s offensive to be called that by someone who she doesn’t know, he calls her Natalina.