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, August 24, 2015

The Language of Dementia

A while back, I started to become more aware of the language I used to describe Gregory and my journey with Dementia/ Alzheimer's, making sure I always spoke respectfully, articulately, and in a way that did not inappropriately add to the stigma that is often associated with the disease.

In the beginning I didn't even like referring to myself as a "Caregiver" because when you love someone, you do what you have to do to make your lives OK. No label needed! Next, I stared referring to my relationship with Dementia/ Alzheiemr's and Gregory as being part of a "Care Giving Team" which included both Gregory and me. I often referred to the diagnosis as "Our Diagnosis" in that while it was Gregory's illness, I have chosen to walk the path with him.

At Lieberman I am also aware of language use and will carefully, with a large smile, correct people when they use disrespectful or undermining language. For example we use "Cloth Napkins" NOT "Bibs." We use "Paper Pants" not "Diapers." Little things like this make a difference!

Here is Australia's official guidelines for Alzheimer's use language. I saw it on my friend Kate's blog. Writing as a person with Dementia, she has given me a new look, from her angle, of what a person with Dementia experiences. The blog deals becoming more Dementia/ Alzheimer's friendly. Check it out:


  1. words in the way we say things really do make a difference because they shape our perspective the way we see things...


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