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What Kinds of Routines Can Be Helpful for an Aging Adult with Dementia?

By Vicki and Brian Day

Helping your aging adult with dementia live a rich, full life can be as simple as establishing some solid routines. While they don't have to be elaborate, they do need to be consistent. Get your aging family member's input as much as possible when you're planning out her routines so that she feels involved in the process.

Regular Exercise

Always be sure to talk with your aging family member's doctor before setting up an exercise routine. Once you get the okay, however, it's time to get moving. Exercise can help your aging adult to burn off excess energy, sleep better, and manage her moods much more readily. It doesn't take a lot of exercise to get these benefits, either.

Healthy Meals at a Regular Time

Talk with your elderly family member's doctor about whether a special diet is in order. You want to stick with whole foods that aren't processed or full of additives for the best results. If time is an issue, talk with friends and family members about whether they can pitch in now and again by preparing some meals for your aging adult.

Bedtimes and Wakeup Times

It's easy to overlook the importance of sleep, but it's essential for both your elderly family member and for you. Having set times for both waking up and for going to bed help your bodies to get into a routine in which they expect sleep at certain times. This can help your aging family member to get enough sleep and allows you to feel rested and ready to tackle every day.

Plenty of Relaxation Activities

Your elderly family member doesn't need to have every minute of every day scheduled to the hilt, but having a series of relaxing activities planned is a good idea. These can help your aging family member to keep her mind active and engaged. They also give her something fun and enjoyable to look forward to every day. You might want to consider giving each day a theme to help make the planning process easier.

Working with home care providers can help you and your elderly family member to stick to the routines that you establish.

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