Matthias Koch

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Location: Vinezac, France
Nationality: German
Biography: Matthias Koch  ( is an artist and photographer originally from Germany. He lived and worked in Chile, Venezuela, Mexico and France and currently established his basecamp in the South of France. He has no special... read on
Alzheimer or Leaving Home published on Kwerfeldein
matthias koch
Oct 30, 2017
My photo essay “Leaving Home” has been published on the German online magazine Kwerfeldein.

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 document 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.

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