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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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Gregory, There You Are All Over

Most of Gregory's ashes are resting in Grandma Carrie's Sewing Box. A lovely home that would have meant a lot to him since Carrie was one of his favorite people when he was growing up.

At first, when I thought about sharing his ashes with others I felt a little uncomfortable "breaking up the set." Then I realized that Gregory always easily spread his love to most everyone which whom he came in contact, so why not now share the "essence" of Gregory with just as much ease?

I distributed the first handful of ashes at the Botanic Garden. Gregory and I always loved visiting there so I have many fond memories of our visits. Besides the rose garden, the waterfall and Japanese Island were his favorites. This was the first "Gregory Sharing."

Next, Colleen Maire, Gregory's Niece-In-Law took Gregory to Kellogg Forest. Click here to see her discussion of the experience and for more photos of the second "Gregory Sharing." Click here to read Colleens post. (Opens in a new window.)

The third "Gregory Sharing," not necessarily in any order expect maybe date of distribution, was done by niece Renee. The piano pictured below first belonged to Gregory's mom, Renee's grandma Helen Maire. Then it belonged to Gregory while he was in college and graduate school. Then the piano lived with Renee while she still lived at home with her mom and dad,  Mark Sr and Diane. Then the piano was shipped to Evanston where it lived with Gregory and me for many years. Finally, when Gregory wanted to buy himself a brand spanking new Grand Piano, it was shipped back to Renee who by now had her own home and family and there it remains with Gregory keeping it company.

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