I am participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s in honor of my mom, Sandy Manoogian.My mom is my role model—she started her own vocational rehabilitation firm as a young entrepreneur, she has shown me the value of being a life long learner when she pursued her doctorate while raising my sister and I, and she instilled the importance of helping others in time of need, regardless of the circumstance.
While in grade school, my grandma, Helen, moved in to live with us. Shortly thereafter, she was diagnosed with dementia. It was during that time that I watched as roles reversed in the mother/daughter relationship between my grandma and mom. My mom took on the role as caregiver for my grandma — and I experienced first hand the difficulties of the debilitating disease.
Despite any obstacle that my mom has experienced, she has always shown me how to have a glass-half-full outlook on life.
In 2020, at the early age of 67, my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. While our family started noticing some signs of forgetfulness prior to that time, the diagnosis felt earth shattering. I had such a hard time wrapping my head around the idea that my mom, someone that cares so deeply for our family and has managed balancing so much over the years, has an incurable disease.
I have now taken on the role as a caregiver, alongside my dad and sister, and I am beyond proud to be able to give back even half has much as my mom has done for me over the years. Though the disease has impacted her memory, it has had no impact on her love for those around her.
Thank you for joining my family and I in the fight against Alzheimer’s in hopes of one day finding a cure.
ating in the Walk
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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