Old Timers Disease

  • Eric Celal Aydin-Barberini

After my Grandma passed away in 2013 my family and I decided to take on the care of my Grandfather with Alzheimer's. This started off as small duties to him, slowly morphing into full time 24/7 live-in care. The worse his condition got the more time I spent along side him, helping to cook, clean and feed by hand. As I went from my early teens to being a young adult, my love of photography grew. I slowly began to document the more intimate moments we shared, the calm contemplative moments as young carer. On the 28th of January 2019 at 83 years old, he passed away surround by his family and beloved dog. 1936 - 2019 - Rest In Peace - DW Barberini

Basic human functions became more difficult, care more intense, and the photos came fewer and farther between.

After years spend beside him it feels as though I've lost a best-friend rather than a grandfather. I treasure our time together and appreciate everything I learnt from him
Growing old is mandatory. Growing up is optional.
Oh God, oh God, Jesus help me - heard most days under his breath in the mists of confusion

After years as his guardian and best friend, Zippy our dog sits waiting for my grandad to return in the hope he'll be back to reclaim his seat.