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 29, 2015

The Miracles

Here is a listing of all the miracles I have experienced, sent by Gregory since he passed on October 4, 2015. All open in a new window so you won't get lost. I will update this post as new miracles take place.
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1) The Kiss

2) The Candle

3) The Dream

4) The Meeting

5) The Bear

6) The Christmas Moon


  1. Thank you for sharing some very personal observations with those of us reading here.

    Are you familiar with the writings of the late Michael Shernoff who sometimes wrote in a kind of 'been there, done that' manner along with clinical observations? I refer to his book on Widowers.

    I learned today that 'Repacking Your Bags' by Leider and Shapiro was rewritten in 2007. I have the older version. It's always interesting to see how writers' vision changes with the passage of time.

    1. Thanks Jean. I am familiar with Mr. Shernoff. His work is mostly grieving loss of partners through AIDS from the period when gat men were dying in great numbers. At that time it was still thought of as the "Gay Disease." Were now know better. Interesting that you like to observe how writers' visions change over time. I barely have time to keep up with current writing :0)

  2. Notions change over time about everything, or we'd still be eating grits for breakfast.

    I remember wondering back in the mid-eighties why we kept trying to re-orient confused elderly to our reality. A woman in a nursing home in a small town where I was visiting asked, "What are those people out there doing?" She pointed to the vast empty lawn. "I dunno, what do you think they are doing?" She answered, "Picking peas," and we moved on to other things.

    Not until the end of the century did health care clinically start to, as my brother liked to say, "enter into THEIR reality."


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