The Guardian reported that Jaime García Márquez told students in Cartagena that his older brother “has problems with his memory. Sometimes I cry because I feel like I’m losing him,” he said. It isn’t clear from the article when Marquez first noticed these memory problems.
Gabriel García Márquez, 85, won the Nobel prize in 1982 and is best known for novels including One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera.
Because of his brother’s dementia, Jaime said it was unlikely that Gabriel would be able to finish a second part of his autobiography, “Vivir Para Contarla” (“Living to Tell the Tale”), or any other literary works. “Unfortunately, I don’t think that’ll be possible,” Jaime said, “but I hope I’m wrong.”
Though Gabriel is no longer writing, he does read every day, reported the New York Times. “He still has the humor, joy and enthusiasm that he has always had,” Jaime said of his brother.
Engage As You Age works with many San Francisco Bay Area seniors who, like Gabriel García Márquez, are no longer able to practice their talents or passions because dementia or Alzheimer’s makes what was once joyful something that is painful or frustrating. In these cases, we look beyond past interests and assess a senior’s ability based on who they are today, not only who they were 10 years ago.
If we ever worked with Gabriel García Márquez, we certainly would get to know him today. Though writing was once something he loved, his dementia has made that pursuit more difficult. So what else does he love? What does he like to read? What makes him laugh? Our mission is to facilitate meaningful relationships around the answers to these questions.