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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Monday, May 18, 2015

Whose Story Is It?

I continue to follow and learn from Kate Swaffer, a professional diagnosed with dementia who lives in Australia. Check out her latest blog, "Who's Story is It?"

These are my comments to her:

For one, I am very excited about two seemingly current movements: 1) Being more careful with "language" when describing people with dementia and recognizing that many of the "Inappropriate Behaviors," "Violence," "Acting Out," etc are more indicators of discomfort, fear, frustration, etc of not being able to communicate using the vary language that we so carelessly use! 2) Hearing from more people who have been diagnosed with dementia is so important to get a REAL picture of what is going on in their lives and on how they are and/or should be treated and cared for. I have to admit that as an educated, knowledgeable, caring person I almost didn't see being a care giver from that angle. In my case, Gregory was unable to communicate his needs but I did know him so well after 40+ years of a wonderful relationship I was able to know (for the most part) and meet his needs in a loving, respectful, honorable way. Thanks Kate for being there!

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