Day 9: Finding the Beauty

Caregiving is hard work. And caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease is particularly challenging. Erin Sheehy Hunt took on the role of caregiving a few years back, after her mother received an Alzheimer’s diagnosis. As her mother’s disease progressed, the days, months and years became increasingly more difficult.

“Alzheimer’s is an ugly disease,” says Hunt. “There were more dark days than light. I needed to bring back the memories of my beautiful, smiling, vivacious and energetic Mom.”

To honor her mother and to lift her own spirits, Hunt set out on a mission to “Find the Beauty” through photography. Each day, she would look to her surroundings for images of light, promise and beauty – as a means of comfort and to make the darkest of days more manageable.

Hunt’s mother passed earlier this year, and as a tribute to her she began sharing her photographs on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

“I hope other daughters, families taking care of a loved one with Alzheimer’s can find beauty in the face of this ugly disease,” says Hunt.


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