FADING MEMORIES
28 September 2016

FADING MEMORIES

A few kilometers from Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, is the village of Faham. Here, ten years ago, Martin Woodtli, now in his fifties and native of Switzerland, founded a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay.

It all starts with a personal story. Martin’s father commits suicide, overwhelmed by the illness of his wife affected by Alzheimer. Martin finds himself alone to take care of his mother Margrit. Not being convinced by any establishment in Switzerland, both structurally and financially, he decides, after a careful consideration, to take his mother with him to Thailand and develops a specially adapted structure to take care of her. The social worker knows the country well: He used to work there for Doctors Without Borders. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.

“Who am I?”…“Always the same question…” Siegfried expects no answers anymore. For years now, this 78 year-old German and his wife Irene succeed only in a hypothetical dialogue. The disease remains poorly known, mysterious and hard, especially for families. More than fifty years of common life fade away, dissipate until disappearing completely. Irene is here provisionally for a few days more. Siegfried does not feel ready to leave her here in Thailand. The couple will return to Potsdam Germany, where Siegfried will continue to take care of his wife on his own.

Some residents have been there for several years, others have just arrived, or at least that’s what they think. Geri seems troubled and anxious. He is speaking a continuous and unintelligible language. Meanwhile, Beda appears locked in silence: sitting on his armchair, he stares at a point in the distance. From time to time he lets out a feeble moan. Beda is only 58 years old. There is also Ruth, Margrit, Suzie, Bernard… The disease develops in different forms in each one of them.

Is it an imprisonment in their own earthly body? Are they aware of their condition? Do they know where they are, who they are? What if this happened to us too?

This strange disorder frightens us because it affects the very foundation of our self: Our minds, our discernment and our identity. The disease devours everything, engulfing with it the memories of a lifetime. Life becomes translucent: A self-forgetfulness, an existential dissolution.

This feature has won the first place at the Swiss Press Photo Awards 2015.

Ruth relaxing in the living room - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Ruth, 74, sits in the living room of her new home. It's been six months since she arrived in Chiang Mai. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Ruth relaxing in the living room)</A>

Ruth relaxing in the living room – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Ruth, 74, sits in the living room of her new home. It’s been six months since she arrived in Chiang Mai. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Ruth relaxing in the living room)

Jenny's nail varnish - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
To look after one’s appearance, against all odds. Jenny, 89, is proud of her nail polish. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Jenny's nail varnish)</A>

Jenny’s nail varnish – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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To look after one’s appearance, against all odds. Jenny, 89, is proud of her nail polish. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Jenny’s nail varnish)

Bernard having a massage - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Twice a week, Nut, 42 years old, provides a massage for guests of the Baan Kamlangchay. Bernard, 80, native of Geneva, is the only French-speaking boarder. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Bernard having a massage)</A>

Bernard having a massage – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Twice a week, Nut, 42 years old, provides a
massage for guests of the Baan Kamlangchay. Bernard, 80, native of Geneva, is the only French-speaking boarder. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Bernard having a massage)

Images of the King of Thailand in interior - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Interior. As almost everywhere in Thailand, the image of the King is very present. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Images of the King of Thailand in interior)</A>

Images of the King of Thailand in interior – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Interior. As almost everywhere in Thailand, the image of the King is very present. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Images of the King of Thailand in interior)

Jenny - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Jenny, 89, resting on her preferred couch. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Jenny)</A>

Jenny – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Jenny, 89, resting on her preferred couch. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Jenny)

Loulou and her caretaker - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Loulou, 89, arrived here nine years ago. Her health forces her to stay in bed most of the time. Her attendant watches over her well-being as she requires special attention. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Loulou and her caretaker)</A>

Loulou and her caretaker – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Loulou, 89, arrived here nine years ago. Her
health forces her to stay in bed most of the time. Her attendant watches over her well-being as she requires special attention. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Loulou and her caretaker)

Faham Village view - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
The small and peaceful village of Faham is located five kilometers North of Chiang Mai, the second city of Thailand. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Faham Village view)</A>

Faham Village view – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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The small and peaceful village of Faham is located five kilometers North of Chiang Mai, the second city of Thailand. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Faham Village view)

Portait of Fon - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Fon, 34, has been working here for a year. She takes care of Beda with two other attendants, taking turns on a system of three-eight. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Portait of Fon)</A>

Portait of Fon – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Fon, 34, has been working here for a year. She takes care of Beda with two other attendants, taking turns on a system of three-eight. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Portait of Fon)

Beda in his living room - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Beda has been here for three years. This former 58 year old engineer is emprisoned in a kind of silence. Sitting on his armchair, he stares at point in the distance. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Beda in his living room)</A>

Beda in his living room – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Beda has been here for three years. This former 58 year old engineer is emprisoned in a kind of silence. Sitting on his armchair, he stares at point in the distance. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Beda in his living room)

During a hot afternoon - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
In the afternoon heat, all is calm.Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map During a hot afternoon)</A>

During a hot afternoon – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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In the afternoon heat, all is calm.Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map During a hot afternoon)

Irene - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Irene, 78, will only spend a few month here: a way to give her husband, Siegfried, a little support. Together, they will return to Potsdam Germany, where Siegfried will continue to take care of his wife alone. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Irene)</A>

Irene – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Irene, 78, will only spend a few month here: a way to give her husband, Siegfried, a little
support. Together, they will return to Potsdam Germany, where Siegfried will continue to take care of his wife alone. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Irene)

Suzi's paintings - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Suzie, 65, has made numerous calendars sold them throughout Switzerland. Today, the disease forbides her to paint. She rarely speaks, withdrawn into herself. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Suzi's paintings)</A>

Suzi’s paintings – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Suzie, 65, has made numerous calendars sold
them throughout Switzerland. Today, the disease forbides her to paint. She rarely speaks, withdrawn into herself. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Suzi’s paintings)

Doctor's visit - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Once a week, a doctor checks the residents. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Doctor's visit)</A>

Doctor’s visit – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Once a week, a doctor checks the residents. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Doctor’s visit)

Geri - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Geri, 65, has a constant need to move and to talk. He expresses himself in an unintelligible language. Unlike in Switzerland, here no sedative is administered to the residents. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Geri)</A>

Geri – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Geri, 65, has a constant need to move and to talk. He expresses himself in an unintelligible language. Unlike in Switzerland, here no sedative is administered to the residents. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Geri)

Fading memories - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Alzheimer’s disease devours everything, engulfing with it the memories of a lifetime. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Fading memories)</A>

Fading memories – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Alzheimer’s disease devours everything,
engulfing with it the memories of a lifetime. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Fading memories)

Philippina sleeping on her couch  - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Philippina, 73, has been staying in this specialized center for the last six years. She enjoys spending her afternoon lying on the couch. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Philippina sleeping on her couch )</A>

Philippina sleeping on her couch – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Philippina, 73, has been staying in this specialized center for the last six years. She
enjoys spending her afternoon lying on the
couch. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Philippina sleeping on her couch )

Margrit posing on her bed - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Margrit, 69, in her bedroom. Two to three residents occupy a house, each has his own room. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Margrit posing on her bed)</A>

Margrit posing on her bed – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Margrit, 69, in her bedroom. Two to three
residents occupy a house, each has his own
room. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Margrit posing on her bed)

Nightdress in the sunlight - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Nightgown in the first rays of the sun.Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Nightdress in the sunlight)</A>

Nightdress in the sunlight – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Nightgown in the first rays of the sun.Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Nightdress in the sunlight)

Relaxing at sunset - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
At sunset, residents and caretakers meet for a relaxing moment on one of the private terraces. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Relaxing at sunset)</A>

Relaxing at sunset – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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At sunset, residents and caretakers meet for a relaxing moment on one of the private terraces. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Relaxing at sunset)

Geri and his caretaker - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Geri and Nong after a ball game. Despite the language barrier, exchanges are sincere. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Geri and his caretaker)</A>

Geri and his caretaker – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Geri and Nong after a ball game. Despite the
language barrier, exchanges are sincere. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Geri and his caretaker)

Portrait of Chang Ya - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
A short breather. Here, three caregivers per resident. Patients are supported 24 hours a day. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Portrait of Chang Ya)</A>

Portrait of Chang Ya – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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A short breather. Here, three caregivers per
resident. Patients are supported 24 hours a day. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Portrait of Chang Ya)

Statue of Buddha - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
A Buddha statue watches over the center’s park.Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Statue of Buddha)</A>

Statue of Buddha – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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A Buddha statue watches over the center’s
park.Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Statue of Buddha)

Private bedroom - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Each host has his own room. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Private bedroom)</A>

Private bedroom – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Each host has his own room. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Private bedroom)

Elisabeth's elegancy - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Elizabeth is 92 years old and still loves to feel pretty: Beautiful perm and elegant flower shirt. Despite senile dementia, she remains a perfect polyglot, speaking German, English and French. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Elisabeth's elegancy)</A>

Elisabeth’s elegancy – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Elizabeth is 92 years old and still loves to feel
pretty: Beautiful perm and elegant flower shirt. Despite senile dementia, she remains a perfect polyglot, speaking German, English and French. Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Elisabeth’s elegancy)

Faham village when night falls - Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents. —
Night falls on the peaceful village of Faham. Located a few kilometers north of Chiang Mai, it houses the center of Baan Kamlangchay, founded ten years ago by Martin Woodtli.Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. - Copyright © © S. Borcard - N. Metraux - Tambon San Phi Suea - Chang Wat Chiang Mai - Thaïlande - <A href="https://maps.google.com/?ll=18.824445,99.000833&z=16" target="_blank">(Map Faham village when night falls)</A>

Faham village when night falls – Ten years ago Martin Woodtli, a Swiss citizen, founded in Chiang Mai, Northern Thailand, a center for people with Alzheimer’s and senile dementia: The Baan Kamlangchay. Today the center hosts a dozen European residents.
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Night falls on the peaceful village of Faham.
Located a few kilometers north of Chiang Mai, it houses the center of Baan Kamlangchay, founded ten years ago by Martin Woodtli.Baan Kamlangchay, Chiang Mai, Thailand February 2014. – Copyright © © S. Borcard – N. Metraux – Tambon San Phi Suea – Chang Wat Chiang Mai – Thaïlande – (Map Faham village when night falls)