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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Monday, October 12, 2015

This is the text from Michael's comments to the over 100 people who attended yesterday's Memorial for Gregory in the Community Room at Gregory and Michael's condo in Evanston:

First, Thank you all for joining us today. 
Next, Let me acknowledge Manny Kagatan, who developed a very special bond and love for Gregory over the last twenty months of caring for him at the Lieberman Center in Skokie.
Manny gave Gregory love, and comfort, and joy, and music, and hope in a way that only someone … if they were not already a saint then for sure a highly placed angel … could.
Next, La Casa Norte, a not for profit providing support to homeless youth and families, who will administrate the More Than Ever Education Fund created by Gregory and me. If you would like to make a donation you can do so at the sign in table or online. http://www.lacasanorte.org
You will be hearing more about the roll-out of the More Than Ever Education Fund at the First Annual Casa Norte Education Fund luncheon in the spring.
Finally, In many ways Gregory and I would not be the people we have been without all of you in our lives. You have been a gift and a blessing to us.

This is a Celebration of Gregory’s Passing, NOT a Celebration of his Life. That is a different story which will be told later and over time.
Gregory died with serenity, peace, compassion, and love in a way that was his last gift of love to all of us.

Shedding his earthly body has freed Gregory from all that was the Dementia … Alzheimer’s. While his body and mind struggled for twelve years, he also had and gave much joy during that time and his soul … spirit … was never diminished. 

He is now free to dance again and to fly and to sing and to play his beloved piano.

We love you.

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