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Why Seniors with Alzheimer’s Need to Maintain Routine Schedules

Many seniors with Alzheimer’s disease do better when they have a regular schedule. Seniors with AD seem to take great comfort in knowing that each day will be like the one before it. If you are an Albuquerque Alzheimer’s home caregiver, then consider these benefits of establishing a routine schedule.

Scheduling Allows Time for Fun

Even seniors with Alzheimer’s like to have fun, and creating a schedule makes sure that there is plenty of time for the senior to do the activities that he or she enjoys doing the most. Some of these activities might include making crafts, listening to music or helping you make a fun treat in the kitchen.

Boosts Long-Term Memory

Many seniors in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s have more problems with short-term memory than with long-term. When a senior does the same activities in the same order each day, those activities begin to transfer to the long-term memory, which may allow the senior to be more independent. 

Using a Schedule Enhances Cooperation

Seniors often do better when they know that it is time to do a certain activity. It also makes it easier for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in Albuquerque when their senior loved ones know what to expect. When seniors cooperate, everyone enjoys the activity more. The senior may relax and help you more willingly.

Scheduling Promotes Safety

Many seniors with Alzheimer’s experience sundowners at the end of the day. Just like everyone else, when a person with Alzheimer’s just wants to rest, he or she can become very cranky and noncompliant. Scheduling activities like baths when the senior is more likely to cooperate makes these activities safer.

Schedules Leave Time for Basic Needs

While family caregivers often can get dressed in a flash, shower in under five minutes and eat in less than two, it is not that way with seniors with Alzheimer’s. Creating and maintaining a schedule ensures that there is plenty of time to meet basic needs like eating, bathing and dressing.

With help from Home Care Assistance, your loved one will be able to maintain a balanced schedule to help him or her overcome the challenges of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to helping seniors with more urgent needs like Alzheimer’s and dementia, we also provide comprehensive in-home care Albuquerque seniors can depend on. Call 505-798-0800 today to learn more about our services and how we can customize them to meet your loved one’s unique needs.