Time together

Try to find time to share life's simple moments.

Finding things you can do together can be hard, but it's worth it. People with Alzheimer's disease may enjoy doing activities that add to their life enrichment.

When you look for things to do, don't forget that Alzheimer's makes it hard for a person to focus or learn new skills. Some people with Alzheimer's like to spend time on things that they enjoyed in the past. With your help, your loved one may still enjoy a hobby or pastime that was once a favorite. When you can, try to build on current skills. This may work better than trying to teach new skills.

Enjoying Time Together.

Here are some things you and your loved one may enjoy:

  • Looking at photos
  • Talking about family history
  • Making a scrapbook
  • Playing simple games
  • Cooking together
  • Playing a musical instrument
  • Listening to music together

It may also help to add light exercise to your loved one's day. Be sure to ask the doctor first. It may help your loved one sleep better, and it might be helpful to their mood.

No matter what you choose, try to:

  • Break each task into small steps
  • Give praise each step of the way
  • Watch for signs that your loved one is tired, so you can take a break
  • Make time to enjoy simple moments together at the same time each day

INDICATION

ARICEPT® (donepezil HCl) is a prescription medicine to treat mild, moderate, and severe Alzheimer's disease.

DOSING INFORMATION

Before starting on ARICEPT 23 mg/day, patients should be on ARICEPT 10 mg/day for at least 3 months. The starting dose of ARICEPT is 5 mg/day and can be increased to 10 mg/day after 4–6 weeks. Please take ARICEPT as prescribed by the doctor.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • ARICEPT is not for everyone, including people who are allergic to any ingredients in ARICEPT or to medicines that contain piperidines.

  • Tell the doctor if your loved one takes nonprescription or prescription medicines, including those used to treat Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease; anticholinergic medicines, such as allergy or cold medicine; medicines to treat bladder or bowel spasms; or certain asthma medicines.

  • ARICEPT may cause slow heartbeat and fainting. This happens more often in people with heart problems. Call the doctor right away if the patient faints while taking ARICEPT. People may also have seizures while taking ARICEPT. They may also have difficulty passing urine. Lung problems, including asthma, may worsen with the use of ARICEPT. Tell the doctor that the patient takes ARICEPT before they have any procedure that may require anesthesia, including dental and medical procedures or surgery.

  • People at risk for stomach ulcers or who take certain other medicines, such as aspirin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), should tell their doctor because serious stomach problems, such as bleeding, may get worse.

  • In a study, more side effects were seen with ARICEPT 23 mg than with ARICEPT 10 mg. Many more people taking ARICEPT 23 mg experienced nausea and vomiting than those taking ARICEPT 10 mg. These side effects may get better after the patient takes ARICEPT for a while. Other side effects that were seen more often with ARICEPT 23 mg were stomach ulcers, gastrointestinal bleeding, and weight loss. People of lower weight (less than 121 lbs) may have increased nausea, vomiting, and weight loss when taking ARICEPT 23 mg.

  • Other side effects of ARICEPT may include diarrhea, difficulty sleeping, vomiting, or muscle cramps. Some people may feel tired or may have loss of appetite.