Martha Diaz is receiving the Caring Hearts Award for her selfless efforts as a caregiver and ambassador for Alzheimer’s LA.
In 2004, Martha Diaz was married, had a government job for 29 years, and a family that was healthy and happy. Later that year Martha had to leave her old life behind and enter into unfamiliar and uncharted territory; sudden forgetfulness, a sign of Alzheimer’s.
Martha’s mother, who once had a mind as sharp as a tack, was starting to experience gradual symptoms of Alzheimer’s. She became increasingly forgetful and the neighbors oftentimes found her wandering outside. What started out as a gradual cognitive impairment for Martha’s mom turned into the inability to feed and bathe herself.
Martha began to educate herself more about the disease by reading online articles and books. She researched local support groups and came across Alzheimer’s Los Angeles, who provided her with information and made her feel like she was no longer alone in this journey. Martha says she is now in a much better place and hope that others going through the same thing know there is help out there as long as they seek it out.