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


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

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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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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Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Sabbath Dinner

B and E sit at Gregory's dining room table. B, a female in her 70's, seems somewhat alert. E, a male currently 99 years old, very verbal but making little sense. I am M, sitting with Gregory, supporting him as he eats, and engaging our table mates in conversation. 

M: Good Evening B. How are you tonight?

B: Good Evening. I am fine thank you.

M: Hello Eddie.

E: Hi.

M: B I notice you have a lovely voice, accent. Where were you born?

B: England.

M: Lovely

B: Yes and I raised three sons who did fairly well.

M: Nice

B: And I loved my husband. 
     (Sarcastically) Are you going to ask about how many times a week we had sex?"

M: No. I don't think that is my business.

B: Right. So don't ask so many questions.

From across the dining room: (In a deep male voice) Whoop Whoop Whoop Whoop

E: (Noticing someone at the table was just served their dinner. With hand extended, loudly) What about me? What about me? What about me?

From the next table: (In a female voice that sounds like Donald Duck inhaling helium) Mama. Mama. Mama. I want my mama.

One of the staff delivering dessert sings: Cookies, cookies, who wants a cookie?

E: (loudly) What about me? What about me? What about me?

From across the dining room in a female voice: Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Then: Mama Mama

Then: Whoop

Then: Yaaaaaaa

On her way out of the dining room, H from a few tables over, asks the staff member: Where do I pay for my meal? How much does it cost today?

From across the dining room: I want to go home.

Staff: This is your home, I'll help you find your room.

All this goes quite unnoticed by Gregory as he eats and savors his Friday night, sabbath meal: Brisket, roasted potatoes, cabbage, a light salad, carrot and celery sticks, challah, fruit juice, coffee, and a cookie.

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