Fifty-five-year-old Diane Kelley's parents started to develop Alzheimer's around the same time, which prompted her to visit their New Hampshire home at least once a month, according to The Washington Examiner.
These nine-hour trips were accompanied by phone calls, but Kelley became increasingly concerned and overwhelmed.
"I was trying to coordinate their medical care, their calendars, and help them with their meds," she told the news provider. However, her task was made more difficult because her parents sometimes couldn't remember the conversations that Kelley had with them.
She expressed her regret that she hadn't discussed long-term care options with them before the disease had progressed to such a severe state.
The news source reports that 66 percent of family caregivers are women. A total of 46 percent caregivers are clinically depressed and family members spend an average of 20 hours a week caring for a spouse or parent.
Installing a medical alert system can be one way that caregivers can ensure that loved ones with Alzheimer's receive are safe and healthy. This device can be programmed to remind a patient to take their medications at different intervals during the day.
If the prescriptions aren't taken on time, a medical alert will be sent to notify a caregiver of the situation.