MISSION & HISTORY.
Picturing Care’s mission is to amplify caregivers’ voices, reach those who may feel isolated in their experiences, and increase public awareness of the rapidly growing population and shifting demographics of family caregivers across the country.
I founded this project motivated by my own experience as a caregiver for my father who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s when I was twenty-one. Six years following his initial diagnosis, on May 1st, 2017, my dad passed away as a result of the disease.
During these years, I often felt alone in this experience, heightened by the fact that I did not consider myself a caregiver. I thought I was simply my dad’s son doing the most I could (which never felt like enough). For this reason, I did not discover the caregiver community, and never realized so many others were going through the same experiences and dealing with the same practical and emotional hurdles.
Photography allowed me to better understand my own experience alongside my dad’s. I want to offer the same opportunity to other caregivers while simultaneously building a collection of stories highlighting the lack of infrastructure and support for both family caregivers and those for whom they provide care.
- Cheney Orr