The responsibilities of Alzheimer's care can leave individuals overwhelmed and frustrated. This was the case for Susan Baida, who helped her husband assist his father for several years.
"It got to the point where there was so little time for any focus on ourselves as a couple - we couldn't take vacations - that exercise was our respite. We would go to the gym and work off our stress and anger," she told the The Washington Examiner.
Diane Kelley faced a similar challenge when both of her parents began to develop Alzheimer's disease.
She tried to organize their medical needs herself, but they would often forget their conversations with her. Instead, the family agreed to move them to an assisted living facility.
However, she told the news source that she wished that she had a chance to talk about longterm care with her parents so that she knew their preferences.
A poll conducted by Genworth found that the majority of families haven't had a comprehensive conversation about future nursing care. Experts suggest that having the talk may be uncomfortable, but it's a necessary part of preparing for the aging process.