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Many support groups can lend a hand to your caregiving, including for transportation, meals, and social activities. A lot depends on where you live and how challenging your caregiving duties are.

Whether you're the chief caregiver or supervising someone else, take this short test to see if support groups might be able to give you some backup.

Check numbers 1, 2, or 3 for each category on this list. Then get your score by adding the numbers you chose.

Questions for the Caregiver and the Person Who's Getting the Care

Services in the Community:

_____ (1) There are no community support services.

_____ (2) There are some community support services such as transportation and meals.

_____ (3) There is support to help with long-term care.

 

Informal Support Groups:

_____ (1) There are no informal support groups available.

_____ (2) There are inadequate informal support groups.

_____ (3) There are informal support groups through neighbors, family and friends, or religious groups.

Questions for the Primary Caregiver

Open to Help: The primary caregiver:

_____ (1) Does not "believe in" accepting help from anyone

_____ (2) Does not "believe in" accepting help from anyone outside the family

_____ (3) Is open to accepting help from others

 

Social Activities: The caregiving workload means the primary caregiver:

_____ (1) Is cut off from doing things they enjoy

_____ (2) Is restricted in doing things they enjoy

_____ (3) Is still able to do at least one thing they enjoy

 

Relationships: The caregiving workload means the primary caregiver:

_____ (1) Will be isolated from relationships with significant others

_____ (2) Will find relationships with significant others restricted

_____ (3) Will find relationships with significant others can continue

 

Religious Activities: The caregiving workload means the primary caregiver:

_____ (1) Will be cut off from religious activities

_____ (2) Will be restricted in doing religious activities

_____ (3) Will still be able to do religious activities

Get Your Score

Add the numbers you selected. A lower score means you're in a "less manageable" situation. You need to think about getting more support beyond what the primary caregiver can provide.

Higher scores mean you're in a "more manageable" caregiving situation. 

The lowest possible score on this test is 6. It means you need significant caregiver support. The highest possible score for this test is 18.

Your total score for this test: ____

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

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IMPORTANT RISK INFORMATION

Who should NOT take NAMENDA XR?

NAMENDA XR 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, kidney, or bladder 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.

NAMENDA XR® (memantine hydrochloride) extended-release capsules are approved for the treatment of moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. NAMENDA XR is available by prescription only.

Please see full Prescribing Information, including Patient Information.