KATYA’S BLOG

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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DEMENTIA & LIFE FORCE

What is life force and what happens to it during dementia? Life force is the animating force within all living beings. We are all composed of energy. Every action the body makes has to have a spark of energy to trigger the response. The brain is a literal storm of electrical impulses, igniting neurons to receive or send information. Our automatic nervous system, like the beating of

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WHERE’S GOD DURING DEMENTIA?

Is there a God, and if God created everything, why dementia? Everyone has their own spiritual beliefs. Most usually center around religions with individual dogmas and spiritual practices. Many believers picture God as the creator of everything, and loving while some believe him to be righteous; passing judgment, sending souls to heaven or hell. Some disbelieve there is a God and think this life is all we

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FEAR

False Evidence Appearing Real Even the word dementia elicits feelings of fear. Most seniors fear they could be at risk of developing dementia, especially if they are over 80 when percentages increase. An actual diagnosis is like a death sentence creating a fear of what will come, and if you live and care for someone experiencing the roller coaster symptoms, each day can bring fear of what

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AVOIDING WATER?

Why do people with dementia begin to avoid water, not wanting to shower or even drink the stuff? Any of the following scenarios could be true. Dementia often causes changes to sensory input and how we see, feel and taste water may not be how they do. Shower Panic “A stranger is taking off my clothes. I’m cold and naked! There’s a loud sound coming from the

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SEVENTY-TWO AND COUNTING

When I was young, I kept dozens of journals usually filled with my life challenges and the emotional roller coaster I couldn’t get off. Eventually, I stopped the literal writing about my struggles and moved to poetry, which was metaphoric writing about my struggles. Then my art took it to a new symbolism of pictorial pain. At some point in my 40’s stopped writing about my personal

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SILVER

“How many years of beauty do I have left? she asks me. How many more do you want? Here. Here is 34. Here is 50. When you are 80 years old and your beauty rises in ways your cells cannot even imagine now and your wild bones grow luminous and ripe, having carried the weight of a passionate life. When your hair is aflame with winter and

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