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Untangling Art in Dementia Care with Katya De Luisa

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Untangling Art in Dementia Care with Katya De Luisa

May 24, 2021

Untangling Art in Dementia Care with Katya De Luisa

Today’s guest is Katya De Luisa, an artist, expressive arts program designer, freelance writer, and author with 20 years’ experience working with those living with dementia and their families. She firmly believes that when we change the way we look at something what we look at changes.

Katya’s experience working in long-term care facilities as both a caregiver and as an art director has given her a wealth of insight into the dementia diseases, family dynamics, communication, miscommunication, and more.

Her passion is communicating with people in late-stage disease using the visual arts, collage in particular. She believes that no matter how advanced a person’s dementia may be there is still a person inside who is reachable if we use the right tools and methods.

She is the founder and director of the non-profit The Infinite Mind Dementia Project in Costa Rica, and the author of the book Journey Through the Infinite Mind: The Science and Spirituality of Dementia.

In this episode overflowing with practical advice and much to think about, we discuss how to connect with those who have dementia, why we should “move into the now,” tips on how to evaluate a nursing home, and why dementia instills such paralyzing fear in all of us, as individuals and as societies. 

Read Katya’s AlzAuthors Post: https://alzauthors.com/2021/02/02/katya-de-luisa-alzheimers/

Start reading Journey through the Infinite Mind: The Science and Spirituality of Dementia now! https://amzn.to/3nB6zcC

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Connect with Katya De Luisa

Website: https://www.theinfinitemind.org

Blog: https://www.theinfinitemind.org/category/katyas-blog/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katya.deluisa.37

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheInfiniteMin1

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katya-de-luisa-5a789319/

Info on MP3 players for those with dementia:

The Purple Angel (UK): https://purpleangel-global.com/mp3-players/

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Thank you for listening.

 

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