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Artist Reconnects With His Mom With Dementia Through His Camera

Artist Reconnects With His Mom With Dementia Through His Camera

When artist Tony Luciani’s elderly mother Elia moved in with him, he didn’t see it as a burden. Instead, he saw it as an opportunity to start a wonderful project with his new camera — he needed a subject and Elia was the perfect model.

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    Timeless Memories

    Elia suffers from dementia, meaning she often recalls memories from years gone by but can’t remember the last minute, hour, or day. Tony decided to use this as inspiration for testing out his new camera — a short-term project that was to span almost 2 years.

    The series of photos portray Elia’s dementia in a unique and personal way, fusing her distant memories with her current reality.

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          From One Caregiver To Another

          Tony describes how his mother was always his caregiver but now the roles have reversed. He wanted to include Elia in the project to make her feel productive and show his true love and adoration for her.

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          “She’s always been someone who participated and gave more than she received.”

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            More Than Just Another Art Project

            Elia is still pretty active and goes for small walks often, stopping by a bench or sitting under a tree by herself.

            Although looking after his elderly mother has been lonely at times, Tony believes the photography has given back more than he could have asked for.

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            “I’m doing more work, and I’m not at the beach. I’m at the studio and I’m creating and I’m doing photographs,” he said. “And with her here as my model, it’s every artist’s dream to have a model that I can call — and there she is.”

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                  Dealing With The Heartache Of Dementia

                  Tony says the project has been successful due to the love he has for his mother and has helped him really re-evaluate the relationship he has with her.

                  Dementia can be emotionally hard on the loved ones of those suffering with the disease, but finding a truly involving and productive way to explore and deal with the journey has helped both Tony and Elia in their life together.

                  “Here I thought, initially, I was going to be the brave guy and take her into my home, rather than shoving her into a nursing home or assisted living, and having my life disrupted and all that. But what I got out of it was more than I gave.”

                  Featured photo credit: Tony Luciani via tonyluciani.ca

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                  50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                  50+ Best Motivational Quotes To Prepare You For Any Challenges In Life

                  Life is filled with highs and lows —happiness and struggles that will test your resilience and integrity, push you to overcome challenges and leave you with lessons that will make you even stronger on your way up.

                  It’s the way you feel and think about yourself, including your expectations and beliefs about what is possible to you, greatly determines everything that happens to you.

                  It all starts with your thoughts. When you change your thoughts, you transform the quality of your life. (Right, Nancy’s story is a typical example!)

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                  Quotes for self-assurance

                  1. Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality, upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.

                    2. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.

                      3. You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.

                        4. The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others

                          5. You attract what you are, not what you want. If you want great, then be great.

                            6. It’s not who you are that holds you behind, it’s who you think your are not.

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                              7. Stop being afraid of what could go wrong and think of what could go right.

                                8. You should never regret anything in life. If it’s good, it’s wonderful. If it’s bad, it is experience.

                                  9. Falling down is an accident, staying down is a choice.

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                                    10. If you have the power to make someone happy, do it. The world needs more of that.

                                      11. Always believe that something wonderful is about to happen.

                                        12. Don’t be afraid to give up the good and go for great.

                                          13. Remember that life’s greatest lessons are usually learned from worst times and from the worst mistakes.

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                                            14. Don’t talk, just act. Don’t say, just show. Don’t promise, just prove.

                                              15. Never stop doing great just because someone doesn’t give you credit.

                                                16. Discipline is doing what needs to be done, even if you don’t want to.

                                                  17. Work while they sleep. Learn while they party. Save while they spend. Live like they dream.

                                                    18. The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire, not things we fear.

                                                      19. Never apologize for having high standards, people who really want to be in your life will rise to meet them.

                                                        20. If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.

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                                                          21. Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it, time will pass anyway.

                                                            22. Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.

                                                              23. A hill is just another opportunity to leave your competition behind.

                                                                24. Don’t quit. You’re already in pain. You’re already hurt. Get a reward from it.

                                                                  25. Hustle until you no longer need to introduce yourself.

                                                                    26. You didn’t come this far only to come this far.

                                                                      27. Be selective in your battles for sometimes peace is better than being right.

                                                                        28 If we keep doing what we are doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’re getting.

                                                                          29. You will never know your limits until you push yourself to them.

                                                                            30. Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do.

                                                                              31. The man on top of the mountain didn’t fall there.

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                                                                                32. If your dreams don’t scare you, they are not big enough.

                                                                                  33. If you can’t handle stress, you won’t manage success.

                                                                                    34. Don’t be pushed by your problems, be led by your dreams.

                                                                                      35. Don’t mistake silence for weakness. Smart people don’t plan big moves out loud.

                                                                                        36. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

                                                                                          37. Obsessed is the word the lazy use to describe dedicated.

                                                                                            38. You become who you spend your time with.

                                                                                              39. Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.

                                                                                                40. Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.

                                                                                                  41. If you don’t build your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs.

                                                                                                    42. Between stimulus and response is our greatest power –the freedom to choose.

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                                                                                                      43. What comes easy won’t last, what lasts won’t come easy.

                                                                                                        44. Don’t limit your challenges, challenge your limits.

                                                                                                          45. Work until your idols become your rivals.

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                                                                                                            46. Formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune.

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                                                                                                                  49. You can’t get rich thinking poor.

                                                                                                                    50. Doing what is comfortable is rarely profitable.

                                                                                                                      51. If you can count your money, work harder.

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