KATYA’S BLOG

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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INTUITION & DEMENTIA

Everyone has intuitive abilities; some people are more skilled than others. Intuition is an instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning; it is an inner knowing. It’s not a thought until we begin to question it and consider other possibilities. Often following our counterintuitive decisions, we end up saying to ourselves, “I knew I should have listened to my gut!” As dementia progresses, the individual experiences the inability

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THE UNIVERSE CONSPIRES IN HELPING

Yesterday on a rainy afternoon, I shared a collective taxi with a man, and the conversation we had strengthened my belief there are no coincidences, just coinciding incidences. I have continuously encountered this phenomenon throughout these months of developing the Infinite Mind Dementia project here in Costa Rica. Kenneth is a Costa Rican living in the small mountain town of Puriscal. Turns out he was on his

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THE MIND PLAYS TRICKS

Take a look at the dots in the box and try and find the black one. Wow, what happened! Optical illusions show us we can’t believe everything we see? People with dementia often see something we don’t, but yet, do we actually see or perceive what others do? Our brain constructs our reality, and it unconsciously alters our perceptions of what’s there to meet our desires or

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GHOSTS OF OUR PAST

They say the ghosts of our past eventually come back to haunt us. Those with dementia usually lose short term memory and begin to remember people and events from their past that were consciously forgotten long ago. Their ghosts often revisit mistaking a grown son for a long-deceased brother or husband or daughter as her mother; they resemble the younger version. They ask when their parents are

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WHAT’S IN THERE

When I first began working with people experiencing dementia, it was apparent their inner world was drastically different from ours. They were on the inside looking out and everyone around them must seem “Out there”. Because I was outside, I wanted to know what “In there” for a person with dementia was like. We usually don’t think much about the reality we live in or what our

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