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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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Entertainment Sundays at Lieberman

Todays classical piano concert, performed by Maralgua “Maggie” Darjaa, was a hit with the over 60 residents who attended "Entertainment Sundays at Lieberman." To louder than usual applause, shouts of YES! and BRAVA!, and a standing ovation by those who were able,  the audience really appreciated Maralgua’s well executed pieces by Chopin, Beethoven, and Mozart.

Gregory was especially moved as Chopin is his favorite and while Gregory's abilities are gone, he used to play very athletic classic pieces on our Grand Piano. When it was time to sell the piano because he could no longer play it, his comment was, “Well I can always relive these days by listening to our CD’s.” That is how calm and accepting Gregory has always been.



One photo shows Gregory with a tear running down his cheek. He was crying with joy at hearing one of his favorite pieces. Later in the concert, I placed his hands around my wrists and pretended to play the piece we were listening to. I know enough about piano to know when my right hand is hitting the higher notes and my left hand hitting the lower notes. Wiggling my fingers and moving left to right, I also kept rhythm to the piece as it was played. Gregory seemed to enjoy this experience and when I looked down at his feet, it looked like he was working the pedals of his piano. Afterwords he thanked me and it actually felt like he thought he had played the piece. The truth? The reality? Doesn't matter. We both had a "moment."









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