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!

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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, December 23, 2014

Happy Chanukah Party

Today at 1:30, Lieberman 5th floor held its annual Chanukah party and also celebrated the centennial of four of our residents. Everyone convened in the dining room with some tables pushed back, Chanukah decorations a plenty hung on the walls, and beautiful fresh flower center-pieces on the white table clothed tables still in place.

Barry was at the electronic keyboard playing a variety of slow, up tempo, popular, Jewish, and Chanukah pieces. Residents and staff clapped and sang along and even danced. At one point I felt a tap on my shoulder and turned to find one of the more ambulatory residents requesting me to dance with her.  We "cut the rug" calmly.

Potatoes Pancakes (Latkes) with sour cream and apple sauce and apple juice were served.

The joy in the room was easy to feel and for me it was mingled with sorrow that the clock could not be turned back, that the disease could not be reversed, and that this joy could not be felt by all, all of the time. But if one could stay in the here and now, it was a beautiful, joyful sight to behold. 


Most of the 40 residents attended the party. Faces are blurred for privacy.

Gregory really enjoyed the electric keyboard.

I really enjoyed the cute performer:-)

Here are the four Centenarians being presented
with a certificate of honor by our Social Worker Hannah.

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