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:

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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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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Saturday, November 14, 2015

I Am Grateful

I am grateful that:

-Gregory no longer has to live with Alzheimer's.

-I no longer have to live with Alzheimer's.

-Gregory died peacefully.

-Gregory never became non-responsive until his last four days.

-Gregory was able to let go of life in four short days.

-Medicaid was approved in three short weeks.

-we were able to find our condo where Gregory enjoyed living in downtown Evanston for close to five years.

-I continue to enjoy calling the 807 Davis Street condo my (our) home.

-Gregory didn't seem to be in physical pain for most of his 12 years with dementia.

-Gregory was in good health.

-Ernie was able to help Gregory reconnect with his body during massage sessions.

-so many people were loyal to Gregory and visited as often as they were able.

-Gregory remembered who I was until the end.

-Gregory never forgot my name.

-Gregory continued to enjoy his chocolates.

-Gregory was able to enjoy music.

-Gregory and Manny developed a loving relationship.

-Manny appeared in our life to support Gregory.

-we were able to afford Manny's services for close to two years.

-Gregory enjoyed his three square meals a day.

-Gregory stayed on his "regular" diet and didn't have to move to "mechanical" or "puree" food.

-Gregory still enjoyed watching TV.

-Gregory's spirit and soul always seemed to be present.

-Gregory rarely got angry.

-Gregory said he was happy at Lieberman.

-everybody at Lieberman loved Gregory and paid him a lot of attention.

-we were able to travel to Italy, Spain, France, Mexico and around the U.S. after Gregory's diagnosis.

-we had a loving support group in family and friends.

-the Lieberman Center provided such good care for Gregory.

-Midwest Hospice and Gita and Elisabeth provided such good care for Gregory.

-the doctors, nurses, CNAs, and staff at Lieberman provided such good care for Gregory.

-we found each other and instantly fell in love 40+ years ago.

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