Sam’s Story

Like many of their friends, clients, and colleagues in their baby boomer years, Cathy and her husband Rogge are living with the challenges that come with aging parents. Cathy’s father Sam is a retired Marine whose health continues to deteriorate as Alzheimers and dementia set in. We are constantly asked how Sam is doing, so we’ve set up this diary to chronicle Cathy’s journey with Sam. As you’ll see, Sam’s adventures offer a bittersweet mix of humor and heartache. We hope following Sam is a reminder to live in the moment, savoring the good times we have with family and friends while taking every opportunity to build memories that will last a lifetime.

Learning to navigate the medical and social services Sam needs – and all of the many bills that come with them – has been an eye-opening experience for Cathy, and we’ve learned it’s an experience many of you have shared in caring for an aging parent. The good news is, you can plan today for how you will meet those expenses in the future. One of the best things you can do for your spouse, your children, and for yourself is to at least have the LTC (Long Term Care) conversation. There are levels of coverage for all budgets, and we are here to help answer any questions you might have.

Thanks again to all for your kind words and support!

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December 14 2018

Sam Turns 85!


This year, Sam turned 85! Cathy held a birthday party for him at his care facility to celebrate. These are some of the best moments!


November 16 2018

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cathy celebrated Thanksgiving a little early with Sam at the nursing home.


November 12 2018

The Shirt Mishap


Sam wears Paul Fredrick brand shirts… but when you have Alzheimer’s/dementia, having someone else’s name in your shirt can get confusing! Listen to the voicemail Sam left Cathy when he noticed the tag of his shirt.

October 28 2018

85 Years Old!

Sam celebrated his 85th birthday with friends and family by his side! He had a great day! Most importantly, his lunch was a burger and milkshake catered by Grub Burger!


September 23 2018

Out of the hospital!

Sam is feeling much better, so of course he got a burger!

September 14 2018

A Bump In the Road

It’s been a long 24 hours. Sam was admitted during the night with congestive heart failure. He’s comfortable. No more shakes for a few days. Alzheimer’s and dementia stinks too.

September 9 2018

Something New

We tried something new today other than Sam’s usual order: a burger and a milkshake!

August 25 2018

Enjoying the day!

Sam had a great day enjoying the sunshine and visiting with Queenie!

August 5 2018

Just peachy!

Sam had a great day shopping for groceries and visiting with Queenie! Of course he also got a burger and a milkshake to top it all off.

July 31 2018

Sam’s Day is made!

Sam said “Cathy, this is awesome chocolate ice cream! You made my day!”

July 20 2018

It’s the little things!

Sam is doing well! He is happy that his shirts are pressed and starched.

June 10 2018

Something New!

Sam is having a great day today! We decided to try something new – Einstein Bros for breakfast!

Sam Update

May 20 2018

Guess Who is Having a Great Day!

Sam and I enjoyed lunch together! Sam had a large burger, french fries and, of course, a chocolate milkshake. 

April 22 2018

Dinner with my favorites!

We came back to visit Sam for dinner! Queenie is getting so big she can no longer fit in his lap!

April 22 2018

Not your typical lunch!

Oh my!! That’s not a burger and a milkshake?!

April 12 2018

Playing with Queenie & Brunch

Today we enjoyed brunch (Sam of course having a burger and milkshake) and I managed to sneak Queenie in for a visit!

April 2 2018

Enjoying PT!

Went to drop off coffee to Sam and found him working out at PT!

March 30 2018

Back home and dinner with my favorite guy!

We got to enjoy an amazing dinner Steve Fields’ Steak & Lobster Lounge!

March 10 2018

Look who’s having a great day today!

It’s always a great day for a hamburger and a chocolate shake! Sam is currently enjoying his at his favorite rehabilitation center as he recovers from his latest bought with pneumonia.

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February 24 2018

Things Are Looking Up

Sam turned a corner today. He has a fever but he’s feeling better!!! Time to call in the old standby – hamburger and a chocolate shake. Thank you to everyone who has expressed their concern.

A stay in the hospital for Sam

February 22 2018

Pneumonia Has Returned

Unexpected trip to ER yesterday. Please keep my dad Samuel Fields in your prayers. His BP is staying at 190 and his pneumonia is back with a vengeance. He’s on oxygen and resting. We finally were admitted to a room earlier this morning.


February 12 2018

Post-Pneumonia Hamburger

Great news! Sam’s pneumonia has cleared up! His BP is a little out of control but nothing medications or a hamburger with french fries and a chocolate shake can’t control!


January 16 2018

Hearing Aids

Look who is having a great day today! What a small world! Dr. Beth Bernthal (who is my is my niece in law) is setting him up with hearing aides!!

November 16 2017


Sam had some skin cancer removed from his head and face, but he’s a trooper and handling it all well!

October 29 2017

Happy Birthday!

Cathy and her family celebrated Sam’s 84th birthday at Bahama Legacy West. Happy Birthday Sam!

October 14 2017

A Great Day on the Lake

Look who I got to take out of assisted living today! He was thrilled! It has been 7 months since he was able to leave the facility. What a beautiful day it was to be out on our boat!

October 7 2017

Family Visit

Look who I got to spend the day with!

July 18 2017

Better Days Ahead

After a rough few days post-surgery, Sam has been discharged from the hospital and is now back at the rehab center.

July 11 2017

Surgery Day Update

Sam had cardiac surgery early this morning and has not been able to wake up. It appears there are some neurological issues at this time. Please keep Sam in your prayers.

June 27 2017

Bon Appétit

Guess who had a great lunch after his MRI?

June 7 2017

Surgery Day

Today is surgery day! Please keep Sam in your prayers. We have a long recovery road ahead of us!

UPDATE: Sam’s artery is 90%+ blocked. At this time, he’s considered too high of a risk for surgery. He has been released back to rehab for further evaluation. We will post further updates as available.

May 18 2017

According to Plan

Sam has had a very good week. We are happy to report that he is now eligible for surgery, which is scheduled for June 7th. He’ll remain at the rehabilitation hospital until then.

May 11 2017

Good news!

Sam has had a great week. Though he is still a patient at the rehabilitation facility, his condition is stable. We will be meeting with his cardiac surgeon this week to further evaluate his condition. Hopefully, we will get the go-ahead to proceed with surgery within the next week or two.

May 5 2017

Keep Fighting Sam

Last Sunday while at church, Sam became unresponsive for 3 minutes. He was transported to Presbyterian Hospital where extensive testing determined that his carotid artery is 90% blocked. Unfortunately, doctors will not be able to perform surgery until his health stabilizes. Cathy has been with him all week monitoring his care.

On Friday 5/5/17, Sam was discharged to a rehabilitation facility. There, he will be monitored 24/7 as he is very high risk for another stroke. His next appointment with his cardiologist is 5/16/17. They hope to see some improvement by this time.

The game plan is to get him healthy enough to move forward with surgery by the end of the month. We should have more updates next week.

Thank you for your continued prayers.

April 10 2017

Selfie Time!

Even waiting can be fun if you are with the right person.

March 22 2017


Nothing like a shake and a sunny day with Sam!

September 12 2016

Enjoying Good Weather and a Show

It’s a great day for an outdoor show!

August 2 2016

Admiring The Art

We couldn’t resist stopping for a photo op.

July 29 2016

Sam Goes Off-Road

Time for some extreme fun!

July 28 2016

Lunch Break

Today Sam got a much needed break from hospital food.

March 30 2016

Enjoying a Good Burger

A good burger, shake and excellent company makes for a great day!


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