Caricature artists are usually found along boardwalks, places like Atlantic City and Myrtle Beach. But most Saturdays in Wilmington, you can find Bill Smith at the Cotton Exchange. The 77-year-old caricature artist grew up in Long Island, New York. He worked as a sign painter for more than 50 years until computers put him out of business.
Smith believes sketching the good side of people is more important than making fun of them.
The trip to the polls for millions of Americans is quick and easy. The hardest part may be enduring long lines. But for those who struggle with literacy, it can be hard to find the courage to stand in that line at all. New Hanover County resident James Tramble dropped out of school in the fourth grade. He learned to navigate the world without reading or writing. At 65 years old, Tramble’s never voted. But this year is different. WHQR's Sara Wood brings us his story, and what it means to vote for the first time.
Four generations of Eh Nyoe Paw's family now live in Wilmington. In this photo, she's outside her Wilmington apartment with her three sons and her younger brother.
(From L-R: Tah K'Paw, Tha K'Taw, Eh Moo Wah, Eh Nyoe Paw, and Saw Ta Blu.)
The facts are staggering: 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s Disease today; by 2050, that number could triple to up to 16 million; the disease is the sixth leading cause of death in America and will cost the nation $200 billion this year.
The memory care unit at Stonebridge has two roundabouts to help guide wandering Alzheimer's patients back to walking areas. Wandering is a dangerous phase of this terminal disease.
Teri Ragan is director of Stonebridge at Woodbury in Hampstead. She's standing in a bedroom of the memory care unit while it was still under construction. Residents have televisions that maneuver over their beds.
Ann Deveny holds a photo of her husband Dan who was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's back in 2006. She attends an Alzheimer's caregiver support group at Woodbury.
The gardens at the Stonebridge memory care unit are fenced in so that Alzheimer's patients who wander can't leave the facility.