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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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Update

Gregory is doing well. The aspiration in his lungs has disappeared and while he is still coughing, it is getting less and less. No fever. Good appetite. Alert. Aware. Engaged. In his own inimitable style:-)

Hospice will continue to support us at Lieberman and that means extra nurse attention, social worker attention, music therapist, etc, etc. Eligibility is reevaluated every three months and he might be kept on due to his "End Stage Alzheimer's" diagnosis (sounds worse than it is and could go on for years!)

Meanwhile we continue "The Battle of the Chairs." I think we have had ten or eleven Broda chairs in the last three months. So many variables that need to get communicated and for some reason or other do not get "sent" or "received" or "understood" or "followed through." No one at fault, not placing blame, it has just turned into a "Comedy of Errors."

Sometimes the chair seat is too wide, or too narrow, or  too short (never too long,) or it doesn't tilt back easily, or it tilts back but doesn't stay back, same for foot-rest from dysfunctional to downright broken, sometimes it is easy to push the chair other times you bounce off the walls trying to control it down the hall.

I will say that the chair provides perfect posture for Gregory's back and provides stability. I will say that it has not yet accommodated his long legs. We are getting close to a solution. You'll be the first to know (no - Gregory will be the first ;-)

The Broda in upright position with removable tray.

The Broda tilted for comfort. Showing side arm removed.

Totally tilted so person can change posture, take a nap,
or with side arm removed as shown above be changed and
cleaned up without having to be moved into bed.

Wish us well in our quest for a chair that meets all variables!







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