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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Friday, November 13, 2015

A Recent Memory E-Mail

Dear Michael,

I'm not sure you will remember me, BUT... Gary and I were your guests for dinner one wonderful evening years ago. We were Greg's clients.  Strange, but I have been thinking about both of you lately.  So much so that I just searched Greg on my computer. 


Imagine my surprise and sadness when I read that he passed away only weeks ago.  I am so so sorry for your loss. He was such a gentleman, incredibly talented and delightful.  

May all of your beautiful memories be a source of comfort. Please know that we share your grief. We will certainly make a donation on Greg's behalf.

Take care,
Meryl


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Meryl,

Of course I remember you and Gary. Interesting that he was on your mind. We closed the business in 2005, a year or two after he was diagnosed with Young Onset Alzheimer’s Disease. 

We closed the firm so we could travel the world, enjoy our life, and live to the fullest with the diagnosis. We decided we could lie down and die or hunker down and keep going. 

We lived well for ten years even though the disease created for both of us, new challenges and ways for living. In January of 2013, his condition got to the point that I could no longer provide for his needs at home.

He moved into the Liberman Center in Skokie where he received great care. Even though greatly diminished, Gregory continued to enjoy life, be grateful for what he had; was patient, kind, considerate, and compassionate.

I continued to visit him every day and found that as I was able to step into his world, I loved him just as much, if not more, than the first day I met him 40+ years ago. 

Thank you for your kind words and the contribution is appreciated.

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