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.


Please follow me there by clicking http://mhorvich.blogspot.com or click the link located on the right side of this page.


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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Comments Received

I am reposting these comments from Maarteen of South Africa to my post Manifesto For Radical Inclusion 
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As I replied, "We do not do this for the accolades but receiving comments like yours now and then does a lot to help one believe in self and to continue to feel JOY even though it is carried on the shoulders of SORROW! (See full reply below)
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Dear Michael, your approach on this matter is mature, realistic as well as kind, supportive and loving. To accept and then to live life to the fullest (possible) in the NOW is the ultimate in Living Life Well (with or without dementia, cancer, etc.) I agree with you and believe I am qualified to do so because I live well with Vascular Dementia and have full inclusion in my life and have selected as early as necessary my neurologist, psychologist, psychiatrist, curator and recently the care facility I want to go to when the tme comes when I cannot live on my own any longer. I am still part of family and community and my opinions are respected although I know (although not always realising) that I am changing, loosing skills and abilities but I also know that I will always be fully included by everyone in line with the realities at hand. Thank you for your wisdom and continued inclusion of Gregory in your combined life as a couple. My partner have unfortunately passed away 3years ago but I just know that he would have been as excellent as you are with and for Gregory. May your life be filled with joy and peace. Maarten (South Africa)

Maarten, We do not do this for the accolades but receiving comments like yours now and then does a lot to help one believe in self and to continue to feel JOY even though it is carried on the shoulders of SORROW! Gregory was never able to share how he felt going through his journey, I based myself on my observations and my knowing him well over the last 40 years. So hearing from people like you and Kate Swaffer gives me inside into his knowing that I love him and that all decisions have been with love. based on best practices, and in his best interests. My thoughts are with you and I wish joy and peace to you as well. Fondly, Michael

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