Rafe and Paula Schwimmer are a remarkable couple. Rafe is a perfectly delightful man who lives with Early Onset Alzheimer’s. Paula is an equally delightful woman, determined that Rafe lives with fulfillment and takes an active role in the life of his family and his community.
The first time I met him, I told him how much I loved his artwork. He gleamed with pride. “We could run away together,” he whispered. Once, looking at one of his paintings, I saw a duck. He gently corrected me, “It’s a heart.” And so it was.
Now their son Eli has created a wonderful account of his father’s journey as an artist.
Two years ago, my dad was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease at the age of 63. He had to stop working and driving, and socializing became increasingly difficult. It took time, but my mom eventually found a creative aging program in our area and convinced my dad to try some painting and drawing classes. The images in this gallery are some my favorites.