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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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Self, Selfishness, Selflessness

I continue to be amazed at how on target DAILY OM is for me. Based on Buddhist teachings, their lessons and inspirations talk to me. In the past I have used the term Selfish saying one must take care of oneself first in order to have the health and energy to be able to give to others. Perhaps I will change from Selfish to Selflessness to clarify from what most people call Selfish.


March 31, 2015
Self and Selflessness
Aries Daily HoroscopeBecause you likely know what it feels like to benefit from outside aid, you may feel driven today to devote all of your free time to the care of those in need. Yet while you will no doubt find many positive applications for your selfless support and generous levels of assistance, you may be surprised to notice that the impact of your gifts lessens throughout the day. If you feel tired, worn out, or hungry, you may not be able to dedicate as much of yourself to your chosen charitable pursuits. You can ensure that the help you offer touches many lives today by caring for yourself first before attempting to care for others.

It is our innate selflessness that drives us to help others, but the charitable impulses that prompt us to work to improve the lives of people in need cannot inspire us if we do not first take care of ourselves. In all selflessness, there must be something of the self as our power to act as a force for good is dependent upon our physical health and mental wellbeing. Taking care of oneself is an important element of selflessness, even though the notion seems as first to be counterintuitive. We are not selfish for setting aside some portion of our leisure time to see to our own needs. Rather, we are preparing ourselves to face the challenges that are inherent in most philanthropic endeavors. You will have all the energy you require to help others at your disposal today when you take excellent care of yourself.

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