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.

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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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Monday, March 16, 2015

My Chance to Be a Partial Full Time Caregiver Again

Manny had been out with a bad cold since Sunday which means that I have been covering lunch and dinner for Gregory. I arrive at Lieberman by 11:00 and leave by 6:00 or 7:00.

The time I spend with him is not strenuous but it is exhausting. I cannot imagine the energy and stamina that the RCAs (Resident Care Associate) have to care for their ten charges while I only have one.

But exhaustion aside, I have enjoyed my extended stays with Gregory. Besides helping him with his meals, I have brushed his teeth, given him shaves, combed his hair, massaged his back, watered his plants, refilled his refrigerator, and reorganized some of his dresser drawers, told him multiple times "I love you," fed him cookies and pretzel rods, helped him with copious glasses of water, watched his South Pacific DVD and several cooking shows (he loves both of these the most,) and more.

At his level of ability, at his level of functioning, at his level of intellect ... I love him and enjoy being with him.

Sunday at Lieberman, a Piano Recital of 20 young pianists


Gregory was moved by several of the young performers

I added some new flowers to the top shelf of Gregory's window sill. Do you think I over did it? The plants on the bottom shelf have been there for several months.

All new green plants on the self next to a picture of Julia Child. Every now and then Gregory catches sight of the picture and gets joyful. I then retell the story of how she and he lived in the same neighborhood in Boston and shopped at the same butcher shop. When they were both at the shop they would exchange nicities, weather talk, and discuss the various cuts of beef and what they were going to do with them. She listened to his menus as closely as he listened to hers!

1 comment:

  1. Dear Michael,

    Your piece about full time caregiving and the mixtures of the plants on the window brought back such memories of LD and my experience with him. I also remember so well the solution you describe in the last section.

    Love and hugs to you both,
    BD

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