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Kristen H.

Hi, I'm Kristen and my sister, Megan and I are experiencing firsthand the challenges and frustrations of dealing with Alzheimer's Disease. At age 65, our Dad started showing signs of Dementia and now at age 70 he has moderate to severe Alzheimer's (depending on the day). We started a blog to... Full Bio
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Persistence Pervails! by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I had persistently been visiting Dad's Doctor's office over the past two months hoping to speak with the Doctor about changing the cause of death on Dad's death certificate. ... Read on »
First Request - Denied by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia The Mortuary called me last Tuesday morning, as planned, with the news that the Doctor refused their request to have the cause of death changed.  Her words were, "You were r ... Read on »
Changing the Cause of Death... by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia The cause of death on Dad's death certificate is still bothering me.  It's actually doing more than that... it brings me to tears of frustration and hurt every time I think ... Read on »
Alzheimer's Association Advocacy Forum in D.C. by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia My Trip to D.C. was everything I hoped it would be and more.  The first two days were spent 'training' for our final day on Capitol Hill.  There was an Advocate or Ambassado ... Read on »
Dad is not an official statistic! by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Shortly after Dad's death (like a day after), I already began wondering what his death certificate would say.  I guess you could say I became slightly obsessed and curious.  ... Read on »
2 Months Later by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Frank Sinatra came onto my Pandora radio station the other day, and I realized it was the first time I had listened to "Fly Me to the Moon" since Dad died.  It's been two mo ... Read on »
My Final Words to Dad by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Yesterday was truly a special Day.  We held Dad's Memorial in my backyard and we had over 40 people come to celebrate his life.  It was perfect for Dad.  We ordered beer Koo ... Read on »
Pictures Last Forever by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia  Fishing Trip with Dad (poor Megan was sea-sick and I had braces!), At a wedding with Dad.  Fishing Bowling 1962, age 23 Being a goofball and cracking himse ... Read on »
Peace at Last by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Dad was released from his 9 year battle with Alzheimer's yesterday.  He had a fever a few days prior, so Windsor ordered more extensive labs.  They wanted to send him to ... Read on »
When Will It End? by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia The upside, the upside, the upside.... ?  Things look so grim for Dad lately that sometimes I forget to look for the upside.  Once I do, I find it immediately.  Having Dad s ... Read on »
Happy New HOME for Dad by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Today is New Year's Eve and Dad has made it through another year in this life.  Half of his past year was spent in the Geriatric Psych Ward at the West Los Angeles VA Hospit ... Read on »
The Rules of Skilled Nursing by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia So, I was worried about having to learn about MediCal now that Dad will be moving to a nursing facility.  What I should have been focusing on was the difference between Assi ... Read on »
We Walk the Walk by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Long Beach's 3rd annual 'Walk to End Alzheimer's' was a huge success.  As the co-chair for the walk, I can announce that the walk exceeded all it's goals, attendance grew en ... Read on »
Closure by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia My news today isn't good, but it's also not shocking.  My Mom and I had a meeting yesterday at the VA home to fight for my Dad's place in the home.  In my opinion, the Docto ... Read on »
It's Unfair! by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia I sit here with salty tear stains on my cheeks and I just want to scream.  I know life isn't fair and I know life never really gave my Dad a break, but sometimes I just want ... Read on »
Rudolph by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Upon visiting my Dad yesterday, I noticed that his nose was unusually red and large.  When I called the nurse over, she said in a nonchalant manner, "Oh yeah, I just not ... Read on »
The Upside to Scabies by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia Turns out there is an upside to Dad having Scabies (for the 10th time!).  It's such a contagious little creeper, that Dad has been assigned his own room at the Psych Ward to ... Read on »
Emotions Run High by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia The past few weeks, I find that I am either on the verge of tears when I think of Dad or just feeling depressed about him.  I actually went an entire week without crying, bu ... Read on »
#psychward by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia   As you can guess from my title, Dad is now in the Psych Ward at the West Los Angeles VA hospital.  (This title is for Megan because she made fun of me for hashtagging p ... Read on »
A Heavy Heart by Kristen H. Posted in: Blog Posts in Alzheimer's & Dementia As I made my way out of the VA hospital today, I noticed those quintessential Los Angeles palm trees, and I felt the warm sun on my back, and I could see the incredible blue ... Read on »