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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Friday, December 18, 2015


Received this from the social worker on the Memory Care Unit at Lieberman where Gregory lived for 18 months. When he died, we left most of the items in his room behind for others to enjoy. The plants were shared. The furniture was either given to other needing residents or sold to employees at a greatly discounted price, the money of which went to Lieberman. Some of his "stuff" went to the Life Enrichment Department and the Art Room.

Do you recognize this cactus?  When I put it in my office in October I had no idea there was such a beautiful surprise in store!  I look forward each day to coming into work to see if any more flowers have bloomed.  It is a wonderful reminder of two special people. H


  1. One of my favorite plants at Christmas --Thanksgiving, Easter, Mother's Day-- are jungle cacti. I don't have the old-fashioned Schlumbergera that Mama grew, just the kind that purists insist are 'Thanksgiving Cactus' despite that they pretty much bloom when they get ready depending on light levels. They root so easily and make delightful little gifts.

    Your cactus is planted the way I plant mine: a plastic inner pot in an outer waterproof container. I put pebbles in the bottom of the cache pot in case of over-zealous watering.

    The cookies, oh, the cookies!

  2. I always called it a Christmas Cactus and figured it would bloom when it felt like it :-)


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