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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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

Dear Readers and Followers,

This from http://www.dailyom.com (opens in a new window.)

I usually do not put much thought into horoscope readings but this one seems so very fitting for the New Year that I wanted to share it with you today. It seems to have hit "my nail on the head!"

One of the ways I was able to get through this Christmas and New Year's season, the first after 40 years without Gregory being home with me, was to think about what our life, his and mine, was like last year at this time.

To say the least, it was horrible. Gregory was having a harder and harder time coping with his world and I was having more and more difficulty coping with Gregory in his world and trying to provide any sense of "normalcy" and routine for him.

It was very difficult trying to live in his world with him while still being part of my own world, and the two were becoming more and more difficult to reconcile.

On beginning the new year, we are both in very good places both physically and mentally. Gregory seems to enjoy his new home. his new family, his new community at The Lieberman Center and I have settled into living on my own.

Being with him every day gives me great pleasure and he continues to be pleased to see me. Manny provides such wonderful attention to Gregory when I am not there and this provides me with great peace of mind. The Lieberman Center provides respectful, thoughtful, caring attention to all of Gregory's needs.

Happy New Year. Thanks for being part of my "reading/sharing public." I do not know who most of you are and that does not matter. What matters is that somehow, what I write helps you keep up with Gregory and my journey and possibly helps you with yours. I appreciate you!



Fondly,
Michael





December 31, 2014
Settling into Life
Aries Daily HoroscopeYour thoughts will likely turn to topics related to health and home today. Any worry you might have felt in the past regarding your professional or personal prospects may disappear as you begin to recognize that you have been blessed with material and emotional security. You may feel particular self-reliant and eager to take on new tasks related to both your survival and your personal growth. Since you likely believe wholeheartedly that you are capable of successfully seeing to your well-being and that of your loved ones, you may spend less time today contemplating potential pitfalls and more time enjoying your ongoing efforts to build a comfortable, nurturing, and serene life.

When we feel secure, we are more apt to really immerse ourselves in those little details of our lives that make simply existing more enjoyable and enable us to engender our potential more fully than ever before. Since we can settle in to our lives without fearing that chaos is waiting for us just around the bend, we are able to concentrate on improving our overall level of comfort through the choices we make at home and at work. Mental energy once devoted to worry is redirected and can be applied to any number of more thoughtful recreational and productive pursuits. Our lives become ours once again as we grow to understand that we are the arbiters of our destiny and are not at the mercy of circumstance. The security you feel today will form the foundation upon which you truly thrive. 

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