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The Importance of Routine for Older Adults and Their Caregivers

The Importance of Routine for Older Adults and Their Caregivers

I am a big believer in the power of routine. Not only does it bring comfort, but it also helps encourage good habits and relieves stress. Daily routines are so incredibly important to older adults and their caregivers as it can create security, especially during times when things feel out of control. No matter how big or small, a predictable routine can reduce anxiety, help the day run smoothly, and even improve sleep!

With so many older adults and caregivers navigating cognitive decline or dementia, routines can be a lifeline! One of the hardest parts of the COVID-19 pandemic is routines and rituals have stopped or have been altered, and that adds to the emotional strain many are already feeling.

Even though our days look completely different than they did a month ago, having routines are more important than ever. If you haven’t already, it’s time to create some new ones! It will take some trial and error, but start with timing and activities that you think will work best and you enjoy…that will increase your chances of staying consistent.

Keep to your normal wake up and sleep time, and take the time for your daily rituals. Getting dressed and fixing hair and makeup will help you feel better and provide some normalcy. Good nutrition, exercise, and fresh air are also vitally important; it’s easy to reach for junk food when home. Leisure activities such as taking a walk, listening to music, or working on a puzzle are great ways to keep busy. Talking or video chatting with family or friends provides the needed connection and creates a feeling of tranquility and calm.

If you can, integrate activities that are physically or mentally engaging. That way, you’re improving your health and happiness while you’re at it! For some unique activity ideas, check out our FREE idea guide for homebound seniors here.


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