The Alzheimer's Association estimates that 10.9 million Americans are currently caring for Alzheimer's patients and this responsibility can be a source of stress for many.
Lisa Moore writes in The Charlotte Observer that she went through this experience firsthand when her mother's dementia slowly became worse. At first, the entire family was in denial of the condition, until they realized she couldn't remember her way to a store that was only blocks away from her home.
After a stroke, the situation rapidly got worse.
Moore's mother started to have dramatic mood swings. When she was undergoing skilled nursing care, she became aggressive toward the caregiver attending her, and began shouting and even hitting her.
Eventually, the family decided to move their mother to a memory care facility. This was when Moore started embracing this new version of her mother and the details of her personality which remained.
Those who are feeling overwhelmed by the new responsibilities they have toward an older parent may want to join a caregiver support group. These meetings can be a great way for individuals to share practical advice and personal stories with others who are in a similar situation.