Family shoulders burden of Alzheimer’s disease

bryan_aldrige

March 30, 2011

While Alzheimer's disease typically doesn't begin to develop until 65 or later, sometimes the condition can form earlier. Forty-eight-year-old Bruce Vincent has been struggling with the illness for three years, according to The Boston Globe

Consequently, Vincent's loved ones have had to run the family store. His 26-year-old son, Brian, hasn't gone on a vacation in a year. Six days a week, he and his mother, Cindy, are either managing their business affairs or watching after Bruce, because they are afraid to leave him alone.

Families who are in similar situations may want to consider installing a personal emergency response system in a home. This device allows users to instantly send a medical alert if they require assistance.

"I cannot be sick, or relax and take a day off without things falling to pieces," Brian told the publication.

To cope, he said he attends support meetings with others whose loved ones have been stricken with the disease.

The Alzheimer's Association estimates that the neurological disorder will become much more prevalent as baby boomers age. One 2011 report states that one out of every eight boomers will develop Alzheimer's disease.