Families of MMC: An Opportunity for Patients and Caregivers

At Memory & Movement Charlotte, we see families from all backgrounds and all walks of life. The conditions we treat are widespread and the numbers are growing, but until someone they love is diagnosed, many people don’t want to talk or think about Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s.

This summer, two high school interns will be working on a photo-essay project called Families of Memory & Movement Charlotte. We hope this project will help to break some of the stigma surrounding these conditions. There are two ways you can participate:

  1. Have a family portrait taken at our clinic. Sometimes a visit to our clinic is a rare opportunity for the whole family to be together, dressed nicely, during the day. Let’s capture the moment! We will take a photo, for free, of your family, and send you a digital file as well as a print suitable for framing.With your permission, we will include this photo in a collection on our website and possibly other locations. Permission is optional - you will receive a photo even if you choose not to share it.
  2. Take a photo and share your story. With your permission, we will also conduct an interview with your family and write a short essay to accompany the photo wherever it is displayed. The interview will take place at our clinic, before or right after your photo is taken.

It is our hope that by sharing a collection of photos and essays, the community will recognize the vitality and diversity of families living with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, and begin to talk about these conditions more openly.


Photoshoot dates have passed. If additional dates are scheduled, that information will be posted here.

About the Interns:

Jaya Iyer is a rising senior at Charlotte Latin School, and her father Dr. Sanjay Iyer is the medical director at MMC. Jaya is interested in writing and journalism, and she’ll be conducting the interviews and writing short essays to accompany shared photos.

Elias Lopes is a rising senior at Carolina International School. His mother Heidy Noble is MMC’s Clinical Administrator. Photography is just one of Elias’ creative interests, and he is exploring career paths that will use his skills. Elias will be taking photos for this project.