Alzheimer's disease is a very common form of dementia among older adults and it can be responsible for a very unexpected role reversal in the family, as adult children begin to take care of parents, according to The New York Times.
While it may be impossible to emotionally prepare for this situation, there are some practical steps that families can take to better adjust to the needs of a loved one with Alzheimer's. One important consideration to take into account is the health and happiness of the parent or spouse.
"What often occurs is that the elder loses additional self-esteem, becomes more depressed and in turn becomes less active," neuropsychologist Daniel C. Marson told the news provider.
Slowly changing the senior's responsibilities, however, can be one way to accommodate their different needs. The news source suggests setting up bills with automatic payments, so that it doesn't matter whether the family member forgets to pay them, as well as drafting the appropriate legal documents before the disease is too far advanced.
Another way families may want to help those suffering from Alzheimer's is to install a medical alert system in the home. This device can help remind seniors to take their medication with preprogrammed medical alarms that can help ensure their safety and health.