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.

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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.


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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Martha

Martha is one of the Lieberman Residents who has become part of Gregory and my Lieberman Family. She sits to Gregory's left for breakfast, lunch and dinner. She is fairly sprite, is able to feed herself despite severe arthritis, has a wicked sense of humor, and at times makes no sense through her Dementia. None-the-less, the is a great conversationalist.

She doesn't like to drink much, she especially doesn't like the juice they serve morning, noon, and night. So whenever I am with Gregory at meals, I try to get her to drink more. "MARTHA (I shout - as she is hard of hearing,) you need to drink more. You know the human body is made up of 80% water!" Sometimes she drinks, sometimes she excuses.

I started bringing her (and Gregory) a glass of ice water. Gregory drinks both his juice and his ice water. Martha ignores her juice and often forgets the ice water. The way I get her to drink, if she won't follow my cajoling, is to lift my glass to her saying, "L'Chaim," which is a Jewish toast meaning "To Life."

This will cause Martha to pick up her glass and reply, "L'Chiam." Sometimes she takes a drink and sometimes she just puts the glass down. "No no, Martha," I insist, "One has to drink when a toast is made." She will begrudgingly but lovingly pick up her glass again and take one or two drinks.

One day, to get her to drink a little more, I proposed a toast, "MARTHA, To a long life." She looked at me with an evil wink of her eye and replied, "I am 97 years old! How much more life are wishing on me?" Then she chuckled and I did as well.

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