Beginning at the End:
Portraits of Dementia by Joe Wallace

© 2019 Joe Wallace

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Richard Wright


Richard was born and raised in Florida. His father was a pilot in World War II and didn't approve of his hairstyle one bit. "When I was young, everything got messed up. My father ... he wanted me to cut my hair. So I left!

 As Dorothy says "We were married at 18 and I've been holding his hand ever since - 73 years!" After the war, they used the money George earned with the GI Bill to purchase a home in Quincy were they raised two children and spent many happy years. When George retired, they lived on a sailboat traveling between Florida and the Caribbean.

After a few years, they switched from sea to land and traveled North America by motorhome, finally settling in Florida. As George's dementia progressed, it became apparent he needed full time care in a nursing home. Dorothy agreed she and George move to the home, but only if she was given special permission to share a room with him so they could stay together. An inspiration to many, Bud and Dot have had an incredible 73 years of adventure together and are continuing the way they can even now.