This is one artist's interpretation of Alzheimer's disease.
This piece was created shortly after 'Mama', the artist's grandmother, moved to a nursing home after her Alzheimer's disease progressed to a stage where could no longer look after herself.
"She lost a lot of weight, and a broad, strong, matriarch became a feeble, bird-like woman. Yet however small her frame became, her hands remained large and strong and capable."
The hand, here a strong tangible image, represents the way the body can settle and remain hardy, even when the mind has become chaotic.
The maps breaking up the lines of the hand further represent the fragmentation of one's character, particularly in the way Alzheimer's interrupts neurological pathways in the brain, disrupting and even tearing up, knowledge, thoughts and memories.
[Alt text: We're looking an artwork made up of maps that look like they've been cut up and glued back on like a collage – none of the countries line up the way they should, and they've been patch worked together with missing gaps. Overlaid on top of this montage is a hand. The nails have ridges on them, and the skin has a slightly wrinkled texture, but hand itself looks relaxed and steady.]
Credit: Alzheimer's disease, artwork. Florence Winterflood. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)