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Massachusetts Elder Law Attorney | Is Routine Important to a Person with Alzheimer's?

Posted by Massachusetts Estate Planning & Elder Law Attorney, Dennis B. Sullivan, Esq., CPA, LLM on Wed, Sep 26, 2012

Is routine important to a person with Alzheimer's?
For a senior with Alzheimer's, life can be confusing and scary enough. And anything new is often perceived as a threat. So... yes, routine is very important!elder law, attorney, Massachusetts
People with Alzheimer's are slowly slipping away... from themselves as well as from us. To them, routine is familiar and reassuring.
If you're a caregiver, developing a routine will help you manage.
In addition to routine, there's another "R" that's important - "Ritual." If your loved one is accustomed to checking the doors before he goes to bed, let him... even if you've already done so. If he likes a glass of milk, it's OK. If he says he can't sleep, encourage him to get up and do the rituals again. It will be comforting to him. And easier for you.
There are lots of daily activities you can make into a routine, such as eating at certain times, taking medicine, checking the mail, bathing, running errands, taking a walk, walking the dog, doing laundry, reading the paper, or watching her favorite TV show. Even little things - like drinking water every hour - can be made into a routine (and, in this case, it's healthy!). And don't forget to make relaxation time a part of the routine - for both of you.
However, there's a third "R" you should definitely avoid - "Rigidity." For example, if your loved one isn't enjoying one activity, move on to another - even if it isn't "time" for that activity. Learn to go with the flow.
If you're caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, we know there are always questions running through your mind. We can help answer them.

To gain free online access to the Complete Alzheimer's Resource Kit, which contains care tips as well as other useful information on Alzheimer’s disease, please visit

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