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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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Compassion

Gregory, since almost the beginning of his journey with Alzheimer's, has had this quote posted on his bedside nightstand (it is still there and notice I have kept my misspelled COMPASSION.) The quote is one of the first things I framed and hung on the wall next to Gregory's bed at Lieberman. We review it together often and hopefully it has been an inspiration as well to the Lieberman Staff.


My posts over the time since he as been at Lieberman have talked about the joy and love that I receive from so many of the residents who are now part of Gregory's "family." Today is Entertainment Sunday when I get to see many of our Fifth Floor Family but also many of the residents on other floors with whom I have become friendly. Sure enough, this horoscope speaks loudly to what I experience when I am with Gregory and our new Family.


February 22, 2015
Compassion by Feeling
Aries Daily Horoscope
Feelings of profound empathy can touch you deeply today, inspiring you to take action in the ongoing, worldwide fight against suffering. As you see the scope of pain that afflicts those who are less fortunate than yourself, your ability to understand these individuals’ emotional challenges can help you direct your charitable efforts toward those causes that can benefit most from your aid. You may feel a strong sense of camaraderie while interacting with those on the receiving end of your love and support today. If you remember that your circumstances are blessings that you have been given, you will likely feel no hesitation as you share your resources, time, and talents with others.

It is a simple matter to integrate compassionate action into our everyday lives when we make an effort to understand how anguish and need impact the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. When we choose to expose ourselves to the full impact of poverty and pain, we begin to understand the profound effects these disadvantages have on those who labor under them. We feel not only the pangs of our own compassion, but also the intense emotions experienced by these less fortunate individuals. This empathy becomes the catalyst that compels us to put aside our own cares in order to focus on charitable, loving endeavors that will eventually improve the lot of people who need our help. Your understanding of the challenges that others face will inspire you to take action against the plight of those who suffer today. 

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