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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Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Lieberman Tapestry

For several years, Lieberman Center has been collecting for and working on a community tapestry. Requests have gone out for clothing, scrap jewelry, stuffed animals, ephemera, and other artifacts.

Finally this year, with the energy and hard work of Dr. Yemonja Smalls it was completed and is now on display in the community room on the first floor. It is a spectacular work representing many of the residents who live here and a tribute to the hard work of the Life Enrichment Team whose combined efforts brought this together including: Andrea, Katharine, Wanda, Leslie, and Alma and other staff helpers.

Dr. Smalls has been an intern at Lieberman for many months in the Art Therapy Department. She holds her doctorate in Psychology but wants to use the arts (she is also an amazing artist) as the platform for her mental health work so she returned to school to earn her Masters Degree in Art Therapy.

Here is her art web site: 

Here is her line of clothing site:

Dr. Smalls also did face painting at the Spring Carnival and it was a tremendous success. Here is a photo of her at the Spring Carnival. Each resident and/or family face painting was a floral work of art with careful attention to color and detail.

Here is the tapestry completion invitation and celebration announcement:

This is what the finished tapestry looks like:

These are some of the shirts and "tsotskies" Gregory and I donated to the project:

Here is one of the Bears woven into the tapestry:

Here is another Bear woven into the tapestry:

This round section was made up of one of Gregory's favorite flannel shirt in red and green:

This is what Gregory's shirt looked like as it was cut into strips and the beginning of its being woven into the circle:

Friday was Yemonja's last day at Lieberman. Only fitting that it was also the day of the tapestry unveiling and celebration. Dr. Yemonja Smalls leaves a bit of herself and a great legacy behind at Lieberman. She will be missed by many residents, family, and staff members. Go you successfully Yemonja and bring your love and talents to those you come to know and support, your gifts are many!


  1. I wandered around a bit to see if I could figure out the Flash Player problem. I can see the video of the Sparrow story.

    When I lit here, I wondered if you know that intricate photos like those of the tapestry can be (on a PC) right clicked and the picture opened in a new window, where another click will enlarge it? Any kind of craft work needs close scrutiny to appreciate.

    1. Thanks. Know this and using an outward "pinch" on the Mac can do the same enlarging.


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