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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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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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Insight or Intuition? Real or Imagined? PART II

One thing I did previously was to create what I call Gregory's Memory Book in which 8x10 portrait type photographs of the people in his life are placed.

We have looked through the book only a few times with me naming each person. Sometimes I explain their relationship. Maybe with more practice he will be able to get through the entire book without loosing his focus or maybe I'll divide it into family, friends, neighbors, pets, etc.

I never mention that some of them might have passed on; like his or my mom and dad. I made the mistake of explaining to him, as we reached a pet's photograph, that the pet was dead. He got very sad and cried as if it the pet had just died and this was the first time he had gotten the news. I leaned my lesson.

We haven't looked at the Memory Book for a while and yesterday's experience (To see yesterday's post CLICK HERE. Opens in a new window.) tells me that I need to take the book out more often and go through it with Gregory.

Gregory now has a 42" flat screen TV on his dresser and I am able to hook it up to my iPhone. We use this to "FaceTime" with family and being such a large screen, Gregory is able to focus on the person with whom we are talking. It was almost impossible to do so when we used just the iPhone.

I will attempt to use the photos on my iPhone, sent to the large screen, to visit some of Gregory and my previous vacations. Since photographs of vacations are something that are always in the past it may not be too difficult for Gregory to revisit. I do not know if he will lament his inability to travel now or return to some of these sites but we will see. I don't think so.

Depending on how these go I might try revisiting some of his architecture projects photographs or other activities in which he can no longer participate like painting with Nancy Rosen or family parties.

Again, I will keep you up to date on how this progresses.

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