Support for today and tomorrow

Keeping your loved one engaged

Engaging activities may help improve your loved one’s decision making, memory, and fine motor skills (eg, writing his/her name, using utensils). You’ll also benefit as a caregiver from increased quality time with your loved one.

Some of these activities may include:

Reminiscing with old photos, music, and home videos can help stimulate memories and create a sense of safety and familiarity.

Crafts and hobbies can help tap into creativity. Try making a scrapbook with old photos and mementos.

Musical activities like singing and watching musicals can stimulate memory and well-being.

Outdoor activities like gardening or taking brief walks can provide physical exercise, fresh air, and stimulation of sight, sound, smell, and touch.

If your loved one is living in a community, these activity cards offer fun and engaging activities that can be enjoyed with friends and family.

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Care for you: the caregiver

“Caregiving” doesn’t just mean taking care of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. It is important that you remember to take care of yourself too.

It’s normal to feel overwhelmed at times by all of the added responsibilities of being a caregiver. This can take a significant toll on your physical and emotional well-being. That’s why you need to care for yourself.

Here are some things to keep in mind when caring for yourself:

Get support
Many caregivers feel that family and friends don’t understand what they are going through. But there are many ways you can get the support you need, such as joining a support group in your area. Educating yourself on Alzheimer’s can help you feel more confident and empowered when caring for your loved one.

Reduce guilt
Caring for someone else does not mean it has to consume your entire life. Don’t feel guilty if you need to set caregiving responsibilities aside temporarily to care for yourself.

Set limits
It’s okay to decline requests that may drain your energy rather than restore it. It is also okay to say yes to offers for help from your friends and family. Remember, as a caregiver, you need to be cared for too.

Ease your mind
Take breaks. And while it may be difficult, it is helpful to deal with family conflicts that pertain to providing care. Acknowledge loss and grief. Maintain connections with family and friends to help keep your spirits high while keeping things in perspective.

Nurture your body
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep is a major cause of stress and illness among caregivers. This could cause irritability, anger, and exhaustion. A healthy diet and exercise can even help boost your confidence about your caregiving abilities.

Suggested books for your journey as a caregiver

There are many books available that can address your concerns and questions about Alzheimer’s disease and caring for someone who is ill. Visiting the health section of your local bookstore or doing a search online will give you an overwhelming amount of information.

Here is a list of book recommendations to get you or someone you know started:

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NAMZARIC is a prescription medicine approved to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease in patients who are taking donepezil hydrochloride 10 mg, the active ingredient in Aricept®.

There is no evidence that NAMZARIC prevents or slows the underlying disease process in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Important Risk Information

NAMZARIC should not be taken by anyone who: has an allergy to memantine HCl, donepezil HCl, medicines that contain piperidines, or any of the ingredients in NAMZARIC.

Before taking NAMZARIC, tell the doctor about all of the patient’s medical conditions, including:

  • heart problems including an irregular, slow, or fast heartbeat
  • asthma or lung problems
  • seizures
  • stomach ulcers
  • bladder, kidney, or liver problems
  • any surgical, dental, or other medical procedures scheduled when anesthesia may be used

Tell the doctor about all the medicines the patient takes, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What are the possible side effects of NAMZARIC?

NAMZARIC may cause serious side effects, including:

  • muscle problems in patients given anesthesia
  • slow heartbeat and fainting. This happens more often in people with heart problems. Call the doctor right away if the patient faints while taking NAMZARIC.
  • more stomach acid. This raises the chance of ulcers and bleeding especially when taking NAMZARIC. The risk is higher for patients who have had ulcers, or take aspirin or other NSAIDs.
  • nausea and vomiting
  • difficulty passing urine
  • seizures
  • worsening of lung problems in people with asthma or other lung disease

The most common side effects of memantine HCl include: headache, diarrhea, and dizziness.

The most common side effects of donepezil HCl include: diarrhea, not wanting to eat (anorexia), and bruising.

These are not all the possible side effects of NAMZARIC.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

Aricept® is a trademark used by Eisai Inc. under license from Eisai R&D Management Co., Ltd.

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NAMZARIC is a prescription medicine approved to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease in patients who are taking donepezil hydrochloride 10 mg, the active ingredient in Aricept®.

There is no evidence that NAMZARIC prevents or slows the underlying disease process in patients with Alzheimer's disease.

Important Risk Information

NAMZARIC should not be taken by anyone who: has an allergy to memantine HCl, donepezil HCl, medicines that contain piperidines, or any of the ingredients in NAMZARIC.

Before taking NAMZARIC, tell the doctor about all of the patient’s medical conditions, including:

  • heart problems including an irregular, slow, or fast heartbeat
  • asthma or lung problems
  • seizures
  • stomach ulcers
  • bladder, kidney, or liver problems
  • any surgical, dental, or other medical procedures scheduled when anesthesia may be used

Tell the doctor about all the medicines the patient takes, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

What are the possible side effects of NAMZARIC?

NAMZARIC may cause serious side effects, including:

  • muscle problems in patients given anesthesia
  • slow heartbeat and fainting. This happens more often in people with heart problems. Call the doctor right away if the patient faints while taking NAMZARIC.
  • more stomach acid. This raises the chance of ulcers and bleeding especially when taking NAMZARIC. The risk is higher for patients who have had ulcers, or take aspirin or other NSAIDs.
  • nausea and vomiting
  • difficulty passing urine
  • seizures
  • worsening of lung problems in people with asthma or other lung disease

The most common side effects of memantine HCl include: headache, diarrhea, and dizziness.

The most common side effects of donepezil HCl include: diarrhea, not wanting to eat (anorexia), and bruising.

These are not all the possible side effects of NAMZARIC.

Indication

NAMZARIC is a prescription medicine approved to treat moderate to severe Alzheimer’s disease in patients who are taking donepezil hydrochloride 10 mg, the active ingredient in Aricept®.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

Aricept® is a trademark used by Eisai Inc. under license from Eisai R&D Management Co., Ltd.