KATYA’S BLOG

LIFE SENTENCE TO A NURSING HOME

Once admitted into an eldercare facility, it’s usually for life. A criminal who has committed a heinous crime gets a life sentence locked away from society, and a person with dementia who no longer fits into society or family life also gets a life sentence in lockdown. The challenges the family face and the guilt and emotional pain that comes with the necessity of admitting your loved

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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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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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THE COLLECTIVE UNCONSCIOUS

We define the term unconscious as part of the mind that is inaccessible to the conscious mind but affects behavior and emotions. Also, defined as the state of not being awake and not aware of things around us. Looking at the world’s division, one cannot help but realize most of humanity lives their lives unconsciously. It is a blaring example of how people react to a stimulus

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NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS

In the past, neighbors were friends, and you could count on them in times of need. The neighborhood was a support system primarily for older people living alone. Someone always visited or checked on them. Nowadays, most people don’t know their neighbors, and personal contact is limited to a quick good morning on your jog or waving as you drive by. What has happened to us? COVID

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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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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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