1. Kristen Hicks on the Laughter and Joy that comes from Caregiving Kristen Hicks 36:26

Episode 13: Kristen Hicks' life has been severely impacted by Alzheimer's. Although both Grandmothers and both of her parents had Alzheimer's, Kristen cherishes the time she spent as a Caregiver and shares a very candid, refreshing perspective that is filled with love, joy, laughter and an abundance of gratitude.  You don't want to miss this episode!

BIO
Kristen's experience working with Alzheimer's patients goes back to 1992 working at a small rest home in Florence, Massachusetts. Her position was Food Service Director, but also worked on the floor doing direct care on occasion with the residents. She was a Caregiver for her Mother in her final days home on hospice with cancer while also taking care of her boyfriend's mother for a couple years until she passed with IBM, a muscle disease similar to ALS. Three months later, she went on a 10 day visit to see her father in Washington and stayed for 10 months after discovering his memory had really declined. “
It was this experience as Caregiver 24/7 with my Dad that has had such a profound impact on me as I navigated this crazy, unpredictable, and insidious disease. I think that all my experiences somewhat prepared me for that role, but what I wasn't prepared for was losing so many people so close to me along the way.” 

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Susie Singer Carter Love Conquers Alz Podcast

Susie Singer Carter is a multi-award-winning writer, director, producer, actor, podcast producer, and host. A versatile filmmaker, Susie is best known for writing, directing, and producing the 2018 Oscar Qualified short film, MY MOM AND THE GIRL starring Valerie, writing and producing BRATZ THE MOVIE for Lionsgate, and co-producing SOUL SURFER for Sony. During a 3-script blind deal at Fox TV, Susie wrote, produced, and directed SURVIVING HAWKING, an adult animated pilot starring Brian Cranston and Adam Brody.

In the spring of 2024, Susie will direct the screenplay, RUN, a dramedy that she adapted from the book PLAIN JANE. Ms. Singer Carter also produces and hosts the podcast LOVE CONQUERS ALZ (BEST PODCAST 2020 New Media Film Festival/#4 on Feedspots’ 2023 25 Best Alzheimer’s Podcasts). Susie is also the co-creator, co-writer, and director of the horror/comedy narrative podcast I LOVE LUCIFER nominated for Best Audio Fiction 2023 Indie Series Awards.

Currently, Susie is producing the docu-series, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD PEOPLE, critically needed documentary inspired award-winning filmmaker, Susie Singer Carter's (Oscar Qualified “My Mom and The Girl” starring Valerie Harper, Soul Surfer) experience tackling the front lines of our broken Long Term Care/Nursing Home System while caring for her beloved mother who, despite best efforts, died July 17, 2022 from what was inarguably egregious nursing home neglect and abuse.

Susie really understands the power of storytelling. This film promises to pack a much-needed gut punch that will force the public to look at our health-care system that is literally collapsing around us. Susie has partnered with former US Prosecutor and Attorney General, Rick Mountcastle (portrayed in the Hulu miniseries, “DOPESICK”), who spent years investigating and prosecuting nursing homes chains for fraud. She has attracted an impressive list of the most respected and staunch advocates to contribute to the film. She and her partners are currently raising the remainder of the budget to finish the project. They are fiscally sponsored by The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long Term Care which provides them a 501(c)(3) status. Tax-deductible donations can be made here: http://act.theconsumervoice.org/documentary

Susie is a sought-after speaker and has appeared in many Alzheimer’s awareness campaigns for Alzheimer’s Los Angeles. She proudly emceed the 2022 San Fernando Valley Alzheimer's Walk and hosts the WGA’s 3rd & Fairfax Podcast.