Artist and Photographer Matthias Koch is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of this photo essay.  From his project ‘Leaving Home‘.   To see Matthias’ selected work click on any image.





As caring for the elderly becomes a burden, the realization of having to move a love one into a retirement home is a difficult decision for many families.

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

My images documents the very painful time when my father in law had to move to a retirement home for Alzheimer’s patients, leaving the house in his home village where he had spent 87 years.








See also:

Twelve Hours

By Matthias Koch