KATYA’S BLOG

“The Father” Love Hated the Movie

I watched this movie with great expectations it would bring awareness to dementia. It was an incredible depiction of the descent into dementia and how it affects everyone. Anthony Hopkins was brilliant in the role, and yes, it accurately depicted dementia breaks with reality. But it was the end that really got me angry. Don’t get me wrong, in so many ways, this movie does live up

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DEMENTIA & WORDS

Dementia has a variety of symptoms but the most common is forgetting and losing words. What are words, what is their purpose and what happens when we lose them. Words are a human construct which depict something. (House, train, running, talking). Every language uses words to communicate. However, words are not our first language. Before we understood the meaning of words, we thought in images. When the

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Lost in the Story

While caring for a loved one its common for unresolved issues from your shared past to surface and trigger your emotions. This can cause an overreaction to the situation at hand. Everyone has a story; actually, thousands of them have accumulated over one’s lifetime. The majority of these past stories are forgotten but yet they subconsciously continue to exist. Our ability to consciously recall a story is

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COMMUNICATION GONE HAYWIRE

The brain of a person with dementia loses information and words, and their connections to both become haywire. This can create recurring obsessional behavior or give rise to repetitive delusional beliefs. Both are commonly a need to communicate something. One woman was obsessed with wanting to know about Princess Diana’s death. She drove her daughter crazy with repeated questions about how she died, when, and why. Subconsciously

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EMPTY SHELL

This story was recently shared. My MIL had Alzheimer’s and for 15 or more years she had not recognized any of her children… or anyone else. She was 78 yrs. old and had fallen and broke her hip, so she had gone to the hospital. They did her surgery and sent her to a Rehab. My husband (her son) and I had gone to see her, she

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AM I CRAZY?

A woman with Alzheimer’s asked her daughter, “Am I crazy?” and the daughter not knowing how to reply posted on Facebook, “What should I say to her?” It was interesting the myriad of replies. It made me think about what you should say to someone when they are aware something is wrong with their mind but they don’t know they have dementia. Some of the comments were:

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IS IT DEMENTIA TALKING?

Most of the information about dementia tells family and caregivers not to take it personally when your loved one says something mean or hurtful. But is it really dementia talking? It is hard to tell when they are still verbal, especially in earlier stages. It seems like them talking, just a very nasty version of them. They may holler, scold or tell you how awful you are.

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