March 28, 2017 - HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT:  My grandmother, Maria, stands at the window of grandfather, Ramiro Durao's hospital room after he was diagnosed with Colitis, March 28, 2017. Every day he was in the hospital she would arrive when visiting hours be
March 28, 2017 - HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT: My grandmother, Maria, stands at the window of grandfather, Ramiro Durao's hospital room after he was diagnosed with Colitis, March 28, 2017. Every day he was in the hospital she would arrive when visiting hours began and sit by his side until one of her children would bring her home around dinner time.
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September 09, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandmother, Maria Durao, plays with her great-granddaughter during a visit from her daughter, Dina Jorge (far left), and great-grandchildren Weston Jorge (left) and Vada Marie Jorge (center). My grandmother
September 09, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandmother, Maria Durao, plays with her great-granddaughter during a visit from her daughter, Dina Jorge (far left), and great-grandchildren Weston Jorge (left) and Vada Marie Jorge (center). My grandmother assisted in raising her grandchildren, spent much of her adult life as a child caretaker while working various other jobs, and now cares for my grandfather.
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December 18, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT:  A photo of my grandparents and their eldest child, Victor, seen in a hallway of their home.

December 18, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: A photo of my grandparents and their eldest child, Victor, seen in a hallway of their home.

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April 03, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandmother, Maria Durao, after arriving home from a grocery store trip with her husband. She tries to plan these trips to be just once a week since taking her husband outside of the house with her can be a task

April 03, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandmother, Maria Durao, after arriving home from a grocery store trip with her husband. She tries to plan these trips to be just once a week since taking her husband outside of the house with her can be a task with his difficult mobility.

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September 09, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandfather, Ramiro Durao, stands with his walker in the doorway of his kitchen. His wife, Maria, was playing with their great-grandchildren in the porch.

September 09, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandfather, Ramiro Durao, stands with his walker in the doorway of his kitchen. His wife, Maria, was playing with their great-grandchildren in the porch.

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JANUARY 29, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT:  My grandmother, Maria Durao, assists my grandfather with eating his breakfast in the kitchen of their home.
Avo JANUARY 29, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandmother, Maria Durao, assists my grandfather with eating his breakfast in the kitchen of their home.
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December 12, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandmother, Maria Durao, shows her remaining rash from a diagnosis of shingles. The cause of shingles is unclear but usually due to a weakened immune system, being elderly, and/or being under a lot of stress

December 12, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandmother, Maria Durao, shows her remaining rash from a diagnosis of shingles. The cause of shingles is unclear but usually due to a weakened immune system, being elderly, and/or being under a lot of stress. For almost a month, Maria refused visitors to her home because of the pain and fear of being contagious.

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January 29, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT:  My grandfather, Ramiro Durao, stands in the handicap accessible shower of their home while his wife readies a chair for him to sit in. In recent years they have made changes to their home to care for Ramiro's de

January 29, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandfather, Ramiro Durao, stands in the handicap accessible shower of their home while his wife readies a chair for him to sit in. In recent years they have made changes to their home to care for Ramiro's declining mobility.

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December 18, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT:  My grandmother, Maria Durao, manicures my grandfather Ramiro's nails in the living room of their home. She spends about an hour every month manicuring his hands and feet.
December 18, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandmother, Maria Durao, manicures my grandfather Ramiro's nails in the living room of their home. She spends about an hour every month manicuring his hands and feet.
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January 29, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandfather, Ramiro Durao, does laps through the hallway of their home while my grandmother, Maria Durao, watches television. This is a common routine throughout the day in the Durao home.
Avo January 29, 2017 - NEWINGTON, CONNECTICUT: My grandfather, Ramiro Durao, does laps through the hallway of their home while my grandmother, Maria Durao, watches television. This is a common routine throughout the day in the Durao home.
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