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.

PLEASE NOTE:


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 of the death announcement I sent to family and friends via e-mail broadcast:

Dear Friends,

Sign of the times to use Facebook, Text, and E-Mail to let people know that a loved one has passed.

I hate it, but it does serve the purpose of sharing with you that Gregory died very peacefully last Sunday, October 4, after 12+ years of living with Dementia/Alzheimer’s and a very short illness.

If you are in town, and sorry for the short notice, there will be an open house to celebrate Gregory’s Passing at the condo this Sunday, October 11 from 2:00-5:00. We are at 807 Davis Street. Parking available in public parking attached to the building.

Gregory did not “suffer” with Alzheimer’s. That is really a very inappropriate description to use for anyone diagnosed with Dementia/Alzheimer’s. He LIVED and lived well … beyond the “diagnosis.” It was not always easy to do so, and at times we held on for dear life through our roller coaster ride. Although he slowly lost physical, cognitive, and mental abilities; we were able to compensate and be optimistic and happy and enjoy life together as well as share time with so many of you.

No matter how the illness progressed, Gregory was always fully present in Spirit and he continued to be loving, kind, gentle, patient, compassionate and easily spread love to everyone with whom he came in contact.

When I said my last goodbye to Gregory, after he had been in a coma for four days, I kissed him on his open mouth and he was able to close his lips and push back. He gave me a final kiss! There is magic in life … and there is magic in death. And I am doing well. Not sorry but rather happy. Sad, yes, but happy and centered and ready to re-discover again who I am alone, with Gregory now being my Guardian Angel.

He was NOT a “victim” of Alzheimer’s … He was a HERO!

Minor apologies if you already know of Gregory’s passing via a personal phone call. I tried to call as many people as my voice would hold up for. Or you may have found out via “technology” which is a little impersonal but none-the-less. And finally if my database is not as perfect as I would like it, you may have received several dozen e-mails :-)

A number of people have asked so here it is:

Contributions may be made to:

The More Than Ever Education Fund (MTE)
Created by Gregory Maire and Michael Horvich
and administrated by La Casa Norte,
a non-profit supporting homeless youth and families.

Make your check payable to La Casa Norte (MTE)
3533 West North Avenue, Chicago 60647
or donate online at lacasanorte.org

For more information feel free to e-mail or phone me.

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