Coping with a loved one who has Alzheimer's isn't easy, and acclaimed author Walter Mosley knows this from his experiences with his mother, according to The New York Times. The writer watched her as she slowly declined due to dementia for more than a decade.
Still, it was hard to recognize if Alzheimer's was the cause of her forgetfulness, or if she was simply exhibiting signs of old age.
"I think it had been going on for a long time, 12 or 15 years, but the first eight I didn't really recognize it, and neither did anyone else," Mosley told the news source. "At first, I was checking in on her maybe three times a week. After a while, I realized I had to call her three times a day."
Mosley's mother was adverse to being placed in an assisted living facility. Instead, he hired in-home care and drivers to attend to her.
Many seniors with Alzheimer's may want to stay independent as well. One way to ensure their safety is to install an elderly alert system in a home, which can allow older adults to immediately send a medical alert if they are in need of assistance.