“Typical Day” is a photography project that allows older adults living with mild cognitive impairment to document their lives as they address their condition. The people featured in this project are living in a world that can be difficult to describe in words. Instead, they’d like to show you through images.
Using cameras provided by the Penn Memory Center, participants photographed the people, places, and objects that now define their daily lives. These photos then served as a tool to facilitate conversation with a researcher.
Their stories and images are on display with portraits captured by photographer Damari McBride. The exhibit will travel throughout the Philadelphia community as a means of increasing awareness about cognitive impairment.
This project is made possible by Penn Memory Center, Penn Healthy Brain Research Center, Penn Medicine CAREs grant, and Penn Neurosciences.
Dr. Jason Karlawish, co-director of the Penn Memory Center, explains in his Forbes column that the question "What's a Typical Day?" is his most powerful tool. The question "inaugurates a conversation that achieves several important diagnostic and therapeutic goals," he writes.
A creative space for people to understand the past, present and future of Alzheimer’s disease. It is an evolving forum, a gallery of ideas, a museum without walls.
The Penn Memory Center is a single, unified Penn Medicine source for those age 65 and older seeking evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, information, and research opportunities related to symptoms of progressive memory loss, and accompanying changes in thinking, communication and personality.