The Importance of Routine for the Older Adult Whether we like it or not most of us are creatures of habit. When we were younger, we liked the spontaneity in a situation, however as we age we like less excitement and more routine.
Why is that? Most of us are afraid of the unknown, the loss of control, losing our memory or independence. Routine makes us less anxious, feeling more secure and actually we do sleep better.
In becoming more forgetful when we age, there is a natural fear that our lives or health may be put at risk. Forgetting to turn off the stove or not taking medications are good examples; however, having routines might help.
Putting a timer on when cooking will help remind of an item on the stove, while taking medications with meals, will help establish and maintain a routine.
Routines also help those with dementia. Daily rituals or routines are beneficial because the task becomes ingrained into memory without conscious thought. Eating and getting dressed are great examples because it is something the older adult has been doing all their life. When faced with something new, people with dementia may act out, become angry or uncooperative. We have seen this happen when their prescriptions are placed in a different area than they are used to.
Although routine is necessary and important with the older senior adult, it’s equally important to make sure they exercise a certain amount of control and decision making in their own lives, whether it be what they would like to eat or when they would like to go to sleep. This independence will afford them a better and more fulfilling life.
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