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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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Letter to a Friend

A friend has just made the difficult decision to find a placement for her mom who is dealing with advanced dementia.

My offer stands and if you don't get to Evanston I could meet you downtown your place of work. Your decision to have mom move to a new living situation is a good although difficult one. Difficult especially since she doesn't seem to like the idea.

One suggestion, if she is able, let her make some of the decisions like what furniture, photos, decorations etc to take and how to arrange her new space. I have found that while Gregory was not "hostile" to the new surroundings, he has come to enjoy his new room and home.

The activity going on around him, even though he cannot always fully participate, the good food, and new friends have helped him remain happy and calm. It is touching to see Gregory and Martha carrying on a conversation at dinner. They they both are enjoying it immensely but anyone listening realize that what they are saying makes no sense to others but G and M are having a great time.

Also, by his being in a safe, loving environment, the time I spend with him is free from all frustration, anger, fear, and exhaustion. I actually enjoy visiting him and the other residents have become part of my extended family. Lets get together and chat if you would like.

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