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4. Be Understanding

People with Alzheimer's are less likely to improve their skills or remember directions. So you need to make adjustments for how much your loved one can -- and can't -- do.

Lewis says, for example, you could let your mother set the table as best as she's able. If you later need to quietly rearrange the silverware in its correct order, that's OK.

Or instead of reminding your father-in-law not to drink out of the milk container over and over, buy him his own container and put his name on it.

5. Make Decisions for Your Loved One

Someone who has Alzheimer's may become upset or confused when they have to make decisions, Lewis says. So it's OK to take some control of everyday choices.

For example, rather than asking your wife what she wants to wear, let her pick between just two blouses. Or simply choose one for her and tell her how nice she looks wearing it.

At a restaurant, help your friend look at the menu. Then suggest a few items that you know he would like.

6. Be Ready for "Sundowning"

At night, some people with Alzheimer's grow upset more easily. This is called sundowning.

Davis suggests these steps to help calm your loved one in the evenings:

Turn on more lights. Well-lit surroundings may seem less worrisome.

Show your concern. At night, your loved one may become worried that an intruder is trying to break into the home. Don't dismiss their fears. Instead, let them watch you check that the doors and windows are locked. Reassure them that no prowlers are in their home or yard.

For Moderate to Severe Alzheimer’s Disease

There is no evidence that NAMENDA XR prevents or slows the underlying disease process in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION

Who should NOT take NAMENDA XR?
NAMENDA XR® (memantine hydrochloride) should not be taken by anyone who is allergic (hypersensitive) to memantine, the active substance in NAMENDA XR, or who has had a bad reaction to NAMENDA XR or any of its ingredients.

What should be discussed with the healthcare provider before taking NAMENDA XR?
Before starting NAMENDA XR, talk to the healthcare provider about all of the patient's past and present medical conditions, including:

  • Seizure disorders
  • Difficulty passing urine
  • Liver or kidney problems

If the patient is taking other medications (including those without a prescription), ask the healthcare provider if NAMENDA XR is right for the patient.

  • Certain medications, changes in diet, or medical conditions may affect the amount of NAMENDA XR in the body and possibly increase side effects.

What are the possible side effects of NAMENDA XR?
The most common side effects associated with NAMENDA XR treatment are headache, diarrhea, and dizziness. This is not a complete list of side effects.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.

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