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: 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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Monday, October 12, 2015
Technologically Speaking: Revisited
Also, humor related, Gregory and I laughed a lot. Even when he had very little or no language left, something would happen, or he or I would say something, and we would both get the giggles, like to pee our pants!
After Gregory died and I said goodbye to the beautiful temple that was his body and home for 67 years, I developed this technological sound bite which helps me deal with his passing. Over the last several days I have been fine tuning it.
I have been referring to Gregory Version 1.0 to reflect the Gregory I have known and loved for the last 40+ years. All the changes through his life would be Version 1.1, 1.2, 3.1-2-3, 7.8, 9.9 through Version 9.999 etc.
Gregory Version 2.0 was Gregory during the 10 years he lived with Dementia/Alzheimer's at home with me at the condo. There were many upgrades (or downgrades) for this version as well.
Gregory Version 3.0 was Gregory during the close to 2 years he lived at the Lieberman Center for Health and Rehabilitation on the Special Memory Care Unit. There were fewer upgrades with this version.
Gregory Version 4.0 was as Gregory lie comfortably and peacefully in his room in his bed preparing to leave this world. There were even fewer upgrades with this version if only because by now he was close to perfection.
Gregory Version 5 as his body lay in his bed at Lieberman, at rest but definitely an empty vessel. I was worried that I would not be able to face him this way, but it was still my Greggy and I was able to hold his still warm hand, kiss his lips, and sit with him a while.
Gregory Version 6 as “Gregory in a Box” or his cremated remains. I was frightened of this experience as well but it turned out to be loving, comforting, and easy. His "carbon footprint" rests in his favorite Grandma Carrie's Sewing Box. The final Version will entail returning his remains to his favorite place that held his favorite activity: Swimming in Lake Michigan. I'll know when it is time to take Gregory to the beach.
Gregory Version 7 as my Guardian Angel. I am sure he will be "large" enough to be your Guardian Angel as well so feel free to ask him to be there for you!