FOR GREGORY

Periodically I will add posts here if the sources provide additioanl informaiton on how to think about and deal with Dementia/ Alzheimer's Disease.

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SCROLL DOWN FOR TEXT and BIBLIOGRAPHY from DAI WEBINAR 2/22-23/2017. You can also find this information on my website: www.horvich.com


Even though this blog is now dormant (see info below) there are many useful, insightful posts. Scroll back from the end or forward from the beginning. My guess is that you could spend a lot of time here and maybe learn or experience a thing or two about living with and loving someone with Dementia/Alzheimer's or maybe come away with the feeling that "you are not alone" in YOUR work with the same!


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THIS WAS THE FINAL POST TO THIS SITE BEFORE IT WENT DORMANT.


Happy New Year 2016. With a new year comes new beginnings and sometimes endings. If I am personally progressing and if I am doing a good job in my grieving Gregory's death; if I have been able to learn my lessons in living and loving someone diagnosed with Dementia/ Alzheimer's; if I am to get on with my life ... I need to bring this Alzheimer's blog to an end since my writing has been dealing less with Dementia/ Alzheimer's and more with life after Dementia/ Alzheimer's.


Of course, I will always continue to work for and support fair treatment on behalf of people with Dementia/ Alzheimer's and may post here from time to time. Also, there are many wonderful posts here through which you may browse.


With this change, I will continue and reinvigorate my "michael a. horvich writes" blog which deals with grieving Gregory's death, life lessons, personal experiences, observations, memoirs, dreams, and humor in essay and poetry, as well as an attempt now and then at sharing a piece of fiction.


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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pretend

Sometimes "PRETEND" is a wonderful thing to do! Today the Lieberman Center (which contains a floor each for End of Life, Cardiac, Rehab, Alzheimer's, Assisted Living, and Independent Living) had a dog show called "The Lieberminster."

All kinds of dogs (belonging to residents, families, volunteers, employees, staff, etc) participated in a dog show in the main social hall on the first floor. Several hundred residents (in all states of ability and awareness) and their families joined in the fun.

Chairs, wheel chairs, beds, and other strange looking machinery congregated in a circle around the center "show floor." A table of judges awarded prizes. Various award areas included among many: best trick, nicest coat, cutest dog, best behaved, owner/dog look alike, and shyest.

Throughout the show, the dogs were walked around the floor so residents could get a close up look and possibly to pet them. Every now and then a minor scuffle between dogs (and once between residents) broke out.

The "dog handlers" were all amateurs. The event, while well organized, fluttered and stopped depending on the goings on and/or needs of the residents. The "parade music" was sometimes too loud and sometimes too soft. I am not sure how alert the judges were, or how discriminating for that mater. The awards were blue paper circles with paper ribbons attached and magic marker printed categories.

Many of the residents were looking in the wrong directions, or slumped over asleep, or talking to themselves, or just not present. Many of the residents were smiling, attending, petting, laughing, and having a generally good time.

Refreshment included make-it-yourself powdered hot chocolate and wafer cookies.

The beautiful thing about this is that it took place as an important "something to do." Many people were cheered up. Advertisements were posted on each floor and on the elevators. People looked forward to the event and discussed it (if able to do so) over dinner. The residents felt a little better, the families who attended felt a little better, and my guess is that the dogs felt a sense of altruism!

So if this was only a PRETEND dog show, and if much of it was past the ability or attention span of many of the attendees, it moved me with its respect for fellow humanity and the recognition that each human life, no matter how diminished; is worthwhile, to be valued, to be loved.






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