Select the numbered statement (statements are rated on a scale of 1 - 3) that best describes your situation for each item below. You can total your scores by adding the numbers of the selected statement. This will give you a big picture of the caregiving situation. Lower scores indicate situations that are less manageable -- that is situations that require additional support beyond that provided by the primary caregiver. Higher scores indicate situations that may be more readily managed.
She could deal with constantly forgetting her shopping list, and she'd made
a habit of writing down where she'd parked her car, each and every time. But in
her mid-50s, Janis Mara's memory problems started costing her money. Late fees
began piling up because she forgot to pay her bills.
"Over time, it really intensified," she says. "I wanted to think
I was just getting older, but my fear was that it was Alzheimer's."
After bugging her HMO for an MRI, Mara discovered that her lapses weren't