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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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

A Letter

Dear Michael,

THIS IS FROM MARY ELLEN. Thank you for such a heart-felt and comprehensive description of your circumstances with Gregory.  It is so hard for me to grasp the shrunken life that you two now share today. It must be so tough for you to handle.

I cherish as my best memory of Greg when he came to be our house manager on Pine Grove and started to cook gourmet meals for our Thresholds members.  Though he was between jobs, he gave his whole effort to turn this gig into a transforming opportunity to the betterment of our members.  It was my first job in charge of a residence, and I would not have made it without him!

Your saga is a reality that Bob now faces with the progression of my Alzheimer’s.  It’s been about a year since my official diagnosis and I have managed to take my memory’s gradual decline with acceptance and good humor.  Bob has you to thank as his role model for patience and resilience. He will need you.  We all need your inspiration.

Give my love to Greg, hoping he might remember me as his buddy at Thresholds & Pine Grove.  Also please accept our admiration for all that you’ve done out of love for Greg and for putting your heart out there on the blog for all of us to ride along with you on this journey. We cheer you on!!!

Love and hugs, Mary Ellen  and Bob

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