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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Friday, November 6, 2015
Aging vs Dementia vs Life
Kate, Kate, Kate,
Not easy. Your post's ending shows you still have your sense of humor. Very important to keep that:-)
I personally believe, based on my observations of Gregory and on my own aging brain and memory (although I do not believe that I am experiencing Dementia but did notice more forgetting begin since I was 40 - thirty years ago,) that when I fight the loss of memory, fight the inability to recall pieces of information, am under a lot of stress, or am tired ... it gets worse. When I relax and release it, I have an easier time. So differentiating between your public self and the ability to relax at home is good.
Since both Gregory and I were 40, we invented what we called, "The Noun Disease." When we had trouble recalling a proper noun or someone's name we just announced "NOUN" and keep on with the sentence. Sometimes it would come later, sometimes the other person would substitute the noun, and sometimes it didn't matter.
In many ways there is so much of my past that I do not (or have chosen not to) remember. For the most part that doesn't matter. I am not trying to compare myself to you but in some ways there are similarities to "getting older" and "having dementia." We both know which one we would choose if we could.
Hang in there (as I picture that famous poster of the cat hanging from the window sill by its toenails!)