Sam’s Story

Like many of their friends, clients, and colleagues in their baby boomer years, Cathy and her husband Rogge Dunn have experienced the challenges that come with aging parents. Cathy’s father Sam was a retired Marine whose health deteriorated as Alzheimers and dementia set in. We 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 Sam’s Story 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 needed – and all of the many bills that come with them – was 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!


September 24 2019

Celebrating Sam’s Life

September 20 2019

Celebrating Sam!

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Sam’s celebration of life wouldn’t be complete without a hamburger and chocolate shake from In and Out! 

September 13 2019

Rest in Peace Sam

August 1 2019

Quick Lunch With Dad!

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June 30 2019

Having another great day!

June 16 2019

Father’s Day!

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April 24 2019

Bingo Winner!

New Hat

Sam won a new hat at bingo today!

April 21 2019

The Easter Bunny

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Sam was not impressed by the Easter Bunny on Easter weekend! Hahaha

April 5 2019

Enjoying the Beautiful Weather!

Look who is enjoying this beautiful weather today! He is obsessed with his new hat!

March 24 2019

A Great Day With Queenie

Sam had a great day outside with Queenie aka The Lion Queen!

March 9 2019

Fat Tuesday outfit!

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We just had to post this photo! Look who had a great Fat Tuesday!

March 2 2019

New obsession!

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Look who has found a new obsession! We did not see that coming! That smile!

February 10 2019

Showing his stripes

Matching outfits = a great day for Sam!

January 21 2019

Look at that track suit

Sam visited the dermatologist today!

January 10 2019

The Puzzle was a Hit!

Sam is having a great day hanging out with the ladies at his new facility. His puzzle made him a big hit, but the smile really makes it special!

January 1 2019

Happy New Year!

Sam spent the first day of 2019 with a huge smile on his face!

December 25 2018

Merry Christmas!

The last 5 weeks have been quite challenging. He has moved to a new facility that has a lock down memory care unit. His spirits are high and he is entertaining all the new ladies. He is the only male in his unit and the women love him! Please keep him in your prayers

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 27 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!


October 27 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!


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!

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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.


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