My mother in Tsuyajyo’s room. She said she was feeling a bit tired, as Tsuyajyo was not well with fever for the past few days. Jan, 2013.My mother had taken care of her at home for 3 years until Tsuyajyo joined the care home 2 years ago. There were difficulties my mother has faced mentally, as it is difficult to fully ‘understand’ and ‘accept’ that dementia is a disease especially when your close one started to have symptoms of it.
Every 3 or 4 days, the care worker helps her to take a shower. Apr, 2012,Kochi.Now, after my mother passed a lot of part of her responsibilities to the care workers, she goes to see Tsuyajyo everyday to share some time together. We have been family all the time and the fact have been something very fundamental in our life, but the relationships between us keep changing. I wish to continue photographing how we are ‘being family’. Photographed and written by Mitsu Maeda