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.

PLEASE NOTE:


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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Monday, February 10, 2014

Visitors

Mark and Colleen visited this weekend from Battle Creek Michigan. The visit was a difficult one because it was the first time Gregory's niece and nephew had witnessed him in his new, greatly deteriorated state. Also Gregory had been in the hospital for three days prior to their visit, was then transferred back to Lieberman on the day they visited, and he was weak and more than usually "out of it" after his Grand Mal Seizure and newly prescribed Dilantin.

Did he know them? I would say yes, he recognized them, was happy to see them, and interacted with them. (Minimally but that's an OK thing.) Could he explain who they are? Probably not but that doesn't really matter. Was there any in depth conversation or interaction? No, that doesn't happen anymore with anyone including yours truly. Did we have a good time? No, he was in bed and we sat there. So a good time - no, an important time - yes!

Visitors are important to Gregory if only because they are in the room and provide some distraction from his routine. It shows him people care and love him. He can pick up on their smiling face and loving hugs. He knows there is more to his world than just him and/or me.

So if you want to visit Gregory, that would be great! I accompany people on their first vist to provide an overview of The Lieberman Center, of what to expect from Gregory, of what to avoid conversationally while visiting, and what to do if physical support is needed. Then people are welcome to visit on their own. For future visits, I would like to know when people are planning on visiting just in case Gregory is not available, has other activities or volunteer visits, and so I can schedule my visit at another time to help make his day is fuller.


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