KATYA’S BLOG

LEARNING TO LOVE ONESELF

One of the most challenging parts of life can be to learn to love oneself. Why is it easier to feel love for another person than it is for myself? This last month I’ve been faced with some difficult challenges, and I’ve been forced to do a lot of soul searching. Having to attend to some health issues that seem to be like a revolving door swung

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FACING DEMONS

When dealing with health issues, I find myself having to face my internal demons who have skillfully hidden in the recesses of my subconscious. They lurk in the shadows of my consciousness until my fears over my physical condition feed them, making them strong enough to surface. As we age, most people experience some health decline. But at 72, I’m amazed and frightened at how steep that

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MUSIC REVITALIZATION

When we age, we commonly find our memory is not what it used to be. There are many methods of “exercise” for your brain, however this exercising may not be possible anymore by mid-dementia when they commonly lose the ability to understand or follow instruction steps. One of the saddest moments for a family member is when their loved one forgets who they are. More than any

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DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

We all have moments in our lives where we feel like we are falling down Alice’s rabbit hole. However, people with dementia experience Alice’s journey as a daily occurrence. Strange people, unfamiliar shifting environments, danger, fear, feeling lost, no control over your world, and maybe smiling cats, talking caterpillars, and surreal tea parties. The caregiver also experiences this descent down the rabbit hole by caring for the

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THE SUGAR RUSH

The sense of taste is commonly altered or lost during dementia progression. Interestingly only the taste of sweetness seems to remain even in later stages. It creates a craving, and often caregivers and care facilities seek to placate the person and give them too many sugary “treats.” It is essential to be aware of how excess sugar negatively affects the body and how many of the challenges

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LIVING WITH A STRANGER

Family caregivers of those with dementia commonly say, “Mom has changed, I don’t recognize her anymore, this isn’t the man I married or Dad was such a quiet, sweet person, and now he’s angry all the time.” “I feel like I’m living with a stranger.” Personality changes are one of the most common dementia symptoms and usually the most significant cause of families emotionally distancing themselves from

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CONSCIOUS AWARENESS DURING DEMENTIA

Our brain is a very complicated piece of physical machinery, but is it the source of our consciousness? Yes, we think, reason, and analyze, but is this all there is to consciousness. Science states we consciously use less than 5% of our brain; the other subconscious 95% controls automatic bodily functions, emotional programming and processing of our perceptions, and more that’s still not understand. Our subconscious is

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