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!

• • • • •


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.

Please follow me there by clicking or click the link located on the right side of this page.

Finally, COMMENTS are always important to me and you can still comment on the posts on this blog! CLICK "Comments" and sign in or use "Anonymous." Leave your name or initials if you wish so I'll know it's you? Check the "Notify Me" box to see my reply to you.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014


Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy. Gregory will be getting both, five days a week, for the near future. The goal is to help him gain back some of his strength after a fall, a two inch gash on the back of his head and a bruise on the forehead, a Grand Mal Seizure with new medicine that causes drowsiness for a while, and a bout with the Flu with medication that has been compared to "being hit by a truck."

He is at greater risk for falling out of a chair because he is so sleepy so they put him in the chair pictured. He can easily be moved around and can doze off without being a risk to his safety. Most regular wheel chairs are too small for Gregory's height, he isn't strong enough to hold his legs up while being pushed, and they are easy from which to fall out. The chair looks like SHIT but serves its purpose.

I spend approximately one hour with him during both OT and PT. He practiced throwing and catching a beach ball with Andrea. At first he was unable to coordinate his arms and hands to do so. I asked if I could help and she said, "Sure." Gregory was able to work through his inability with me and threw the ball with increased energy. I almost cried. He smiled. Then he proceed to throw and catch with Andrea.

Next with the help of four people (and me) he was able to stand up from the wheel chair and using parallel bars walk several feet. Everyone was excited for him and I could tell he was proud of himself.

Getting him to sit down was another story. Whether because of fear, or pain, or stubbornness he had a very hard time sitting down. All five of us were trying to direct him at the same time or in rapid fire. Andrea was the first to realize, "Hey guys. One at a time."

He was finally able to sit down while leaning his head on Andrea's shoulder, possibly for physical support but most likely for moral support and confidence!

Next Nick worked with Gregory to help manipulate his feet and arms, facilitating their movement with his own. After that Nick and I were able to get Gregory up a second time and he walked several steps. (Amazing for what one is grateful!)

Sitting down as very difficult again. To help him relax I began sining the "Soft Kitty" song made popular on the long running "Big Bang Theory" TV series. Sheldon's mother used to sing the song when he was ill and the "little boy" in him still needs to hear it when he is not feeling well.

Before I knew it, four other therapists joined in the singing, Gregory relaxed, and then was able to let us help him back into the chair. Hard holding back tears.

Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur.
Happy kitty, sleepy kitty, purr, purr, purr.

Comparison chart

Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

DefinitionOccupational therapy (also abbreviated as OT) is a holistic health care profession that aims to promote health by enabling individuals to perform meaningful and purposeful activities across the lifespan.A health care profession primarily concerned with the remediation (fixing) of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential
FocusHelping people live as independently as possible. Restoring function. E.g. brushing teeth, combing hair, going to the bathroom etcHelping people move better and get relief from pain. Restoring movement and mobility. E.g. stand up, walk, get in and out of bed etc
Who needs itPeople with mental and physical impairments, developmental disabilities, after sudden serious health conditions like a stroke, Chronic conditions, like arthritis, after a work-related injury.After injuries or long-term health problems like back pain, Osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Comments are always welcome. You are appreciated! If you do not have a sign-in on any of the accounts below ... use ANONYMOUS. All comments are moderated and will appear as appropriate. Thanks. Please, keep commenting!