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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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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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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HOME ALONE

In the USA, one-third of those with dementia live alone, and one in seven of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s live alone. That’s 800,000 people with dementia on their own. There’s an estimated 50 million with dementia worldwide, 60-70% being Alzheimer’s and it is estimated this will triple by 2050. Dementia is a progressive condition that eventually leads to the necessity of being cared for. So, it is

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