In 2001 I lost my gorgeous father Bill McManus to Alzheimer's disease after he battled it for seven years. It was heartbreaking watching that charming, smart and hilarious man slip away over that time. It was also really confusing as a high-schooler watching it happen and being part of the then impossible journey of diagnosis.
In January 2016, fifteen years later, my beautiful mother Sonia McManus was diagnosed with the same disease. Now I'm playing the part that my mother played back then and I am so grateful everyday to Alzheimer's WA for the support I have received. They are truly wonderful. They are helping mum live a full and happy life while offering incredible support to me as her carer through workshops, events and most importantly someone to chat to whenever I need information or advice. So the more people that know about Alzheimer's WA, the greater their impact.
Alzheimer's WA continues to directly support people living with dementia, their families and carers. In addition, they offer training for individuals, organisations and community groups to improve the lived experience of dementia.