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 22, 2014


How many tears,
And poems about tears,
Arrive unexpectedly?

A word, a photograph,
A comment, a memory,
Triggers unexpectedly?

This disease, this horror,
Ten years in the making,
Arrived unexpectedly.

Ten year in the making,
Yet the current events,
Still arrive unexpectedly.

His violence and threats,
Uncontrolled panic,
Not expected.

His mishaps, incontinence,
Falls and seizures,
Not expected.

Long term facility care,
Alzheimer's unit placement,
Not expected so easily.

His living only in the moment,
No questions about why,
Not expected so easily.

His calm and contentment
Returning and maintaining,
Not expected so easily.

No longer mobil, in a wheel chair,
Tremmors, weakness, bad posture,
Not expected so quickly.

Inability to feed himself,
Or position himself comfortably,
Not expected so quickly.

So many "Never Agains."
So many "Forevers"
Until the final breath, death.

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