Thursday, October 26, 2006

Art and alzheimer.

Most of us slowly falter, slow down and then go away. Alzheimeirs accelerates this process so much so that it is pretty unbelievable when you actually see some of its effects on people. In this case, a celebrated artist William Utermohlen decided to sketch his self portrait during various stages of his illness over the years. It is very evident that the 'self' in the 'self-portrait' seems to be slowly slipping away. An exhibition is on at the New York Academy of Medicine for the next couple of days that details some of his later works. For those of us who may not be able to take the time out from our busy schedules to see this, but still interested in the effects that this terrible illness has on human lives, this site and this one are useful ones...

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