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: 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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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Music Did It Again
Each in his own way, the residents connected with the music. Some clapped their hands, some attempted to clap their hands, some smiled, some sang along with a word or two here and there. Some conducted and some rocked their heads in or out of time with the music.
Some sat and stared, some with eyes open, some with eyes closed whether awake or asleep. But you knew that all drifted on the notes as the piano string vibrations entered their beings.
I sat there attending to each face, one at a time, wondering. Who had these people been? What had their lives been like? How did they come to end up at Lieberman? What was going on inside their minds? Were they aware of their situation? Were they aware of their condition?
And my usually smiling, open face showed sadness, tears, regret, loneliness. I chose not to shirk my emotions but rather to ride them out. No major breakdown, no sobbing, no needing to leave the room, no needing to be consoled by others. And ride them out I did. Slowly they receded as I allowed the piano string vibrations to enter my soul and my being.
And it was good. And people were enjoying themselves. People were taking and support staff was giving. And it was good.