KATYA’S BLOG

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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CONFUSION

written Anonymously These are only a few lines To tell you I’m still alive I am not yet among the dead Although my memory fails And I find myself confused… I got used to my arthritis to my dentures I am resigned I handle my bifocals well, but … Oh my! I do miss my mind. And sometimes I don’t remember When suddenly I find myself at the foot

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH?

Frank was in his 18th year of Alzheimer’s and deteriorating fast. He was predominately non-verbal and only spoke a few words; he often just shouted unintelligible sounds. He needed assistance to eat, and he was losing weight so rapidly we figured the end must be nearing. I’d often visit at lunchtime to help him eat, and one day this is what happened. The kitchen staff placed the

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THE SUGAR FIX

Jennifer is concerned. “I can’t get mom to eat anymore. She says she’s not hungry.” Commonly the person with dementia losses their ability to taste the food, and this is often preceded by loss of smell. During normal aging, some of us lose our thirst, sometimes hunger too. Jennifer’s mom might be experiencing this, or it could be she has forgotten what food is or the procedure

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EARLIEST SIGN

“Lately, my husband Jim has been acting strangely and making some bad decisions. He recently bought another lawnmower exactly like the one we have; it still works. When I asked why and pointed out it was a waste of money, he got angry, shouting back, “It’s a backup!” He walks the dog every morning, and today didn’t use his leash. Sparky got lost, and we didn’t find

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