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How Seniors with Alzheimer’s Benefit from Regular Schedules

By Rick Cohen, 9:00 am on

A strict weekly schedule often helps seniors with Alzheimer’s adjust to the world a little easier. While it can be difficult to implement, both Milwaukee Alzheimer’s home caregivers and their senior loved ones will enjoy the benefits of implementing a routine schedule. 

Sleep Better

One of the most significant changes that many Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers in Milwaukee notice when they maintain a routine schedule is that their senior loved ones sleep better. When the senior’s body knows it is time to go to bed and time to get up, the senior often sleeps better through the night. An additional benefits is that seniors have fewer periods of sundowner’s syndrome. 

More Cooperative

Seniors who are on a strict schedule also tend to be more cooperative with their caregivers. One of the reasons for this is that the schedule gets stored in long-term memory, which prompts the senior to understand what is going to happen next. Therefore, they are less confused and more able to cooperate with those around them.

Less Agitated

Stop for a minute and picture yourself living in a world where everything is very confusing. Chances are that you would be agitated. The same thing happens to seniors with Alzheimer’s. Putting a senior on a schedule helps him or her feel less confused. The natural outcome is that he or she feels less agitated.

More Independent

The next thing that happens is that the senior becomes more independent when he or she has a regular schedule. As the long-term memory takes over, seniors can rely on that part of the brain to tell them how and when to do certain activities. Scheduling may help spark memories of how to do something from a much earlier period in the senior’s life.

More Fun

Seniors who are more rested, relaxed and independent are prepared to have more fun. Therefore, make sure to schedule activities that the senior will enjoy doing each week. 

To help you plan a daily routine for your senior loved one, contact Home Care Assistance at (414) 964-8000. Our highly trained caregivers provide comprehensive Alzheimer’s and dementia senior care Milwaukee families can count on to help their loved ones age in place with dignity. Call today to speak with an experienced Care Manager about our memory care and how we can customize it to meet your loved one’s needs.

Why Seniors with Alzheimer’s Need Routines