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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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Point Counter Point

Often the use of drugs to control people with Dementia / Alzheimer's is NOT in their best interests. The "side effects" are frightening and inhumane, to say the least.

As in all cases, there are excellent facilities but there are some "not so good" facilities that use drugs to control residents making their jobs less difficult. There are some facilities where the bottom line is profits not resident care. There are some facilities who are trying to do the best they can but are understaffed or staffs are undertrained.

Gregory and I are lucky that Lieberman is a wonderful place, doing a good job with memory care residents, and have strict policies about prescribing and using drugs. They are also a NO RESTRAINT facility which is a state law but they really practice it! The Resident Care Associates, nurses, and all staff are well trained in working with memory care residents.

Gregory who is on Risperdal shows appropriate use of Risperdal, an antipsychotic drug. In this case it helps Gregory be at peace with himself, less angry with fewer events of "striking out" as a responsive behavior, and therefore less agitated. He able to live a happier, calmer, more content life and the quality of life he enjoys is higher thanks to the drug.

 There are other interventions and activities of life that can be used when and where they help the person with Dementia/Alzheimer's cope with each day. Careful, careful attention must be given before decisions to use antipsychotic drugs are made and using the smallest dose necessary is so important.

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