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.

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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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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Risperidone

I continue to be so impressed with the care Gregory is receiving from Lieberman. I went in to inquire about the changes I had seen (and reported in previous post.) The head nurse had already been studying the situation for a few days. 

We were ready for a sign off on a new medication after she explained the reason for the change and how the it should help.

They had already done  a sleep study, observed Gregory, consulted with his Lieberman provided psychiatrist, and decided on a “baby dose” of Risperidone. 

They had been using Ativan on an as necessary basis, had found it necessary to use it every morning for the last week, but that drug is short lived and it was only helping Gregory for a two hour window.

The Risperidone should help throughout the day without over “drugging” him. He will be drowsy for the first week or so but then should acclimate to the drug. 

Risperidone is an antipsychotic medicine. It works by changing the effects of chemicals in the brain. Risperidone is used to treat schizophrenia and symptoms of bipolar disorder (manic depression.) It is also used in autistic children to treat symptoms of irritability. Risperidone may also be used of other purposes, like irritability due to dementia.

The online research I have done says that Risperidone is not approved for use in psychotic conditions related to dementia. It may increase the risk of death in older adults with dementia-related conditions.

However, it has been found to help even mood and behavior of residents with Alzheimer's and should help Gregory be more even. It will help him feel more calm (which he has not been for a little while now.)

Also, honestly, the "risk of death" is worth helping Gregory be more comfortable for the time he has left. 

I will deeply grieve when he dies but do not need to "hold on" to him for my own sake. I will survive. And so will Gregory, just maybe not in this life.


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