Living and forgetting

Published on 09/14/2012

“There is no way in the world that I would wish to forget the image of my son Martín (now 6 months old) as he lay in his mother’s arms after being born...” This statement was made by Javier, 31 years old from Spain, on the homepage of La Memoria es el camino (Memory is the way…) 

Guillermo Nagore

As part of this wonderful project, Guillermo Nagore, a Spanish journalist, employs a unique method to direct interest and attention to Alzheimer sufferers and their carers. On 18th March this year, Guillermo embarked on his journey in Finisterre, on the northwest headland of Spain. Wearing his comfort shoes of El Naturalista, he is covering kilometre after kilometre by foot. Through France, Italy and Slovenia, he has ended today’s stage in Croatia leaving behind a total of 3199 kilometres. In doing so, he has covered virtually half of the route to Jerusalem, his destination. In each stage Guillermo chats to sufferers who offer him a glimpse into a world hitherto unknown to him.

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative neurological disease. It is frequently diagnosed in older people. Sufferers increasingly lose their memory. In spite of the increasing number of sufferers, the effects can still not be treated. Guillermo frequently describes the efforts made by family members who take care of the sufferers. Given that the differences in support provided vary significantly from country to country Guillermo is striving to get a cross border movement underway which embraces Alzheimer sufferers more in our society.

A superb initiative with an impressive narrator- Thank you Guillermo!

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