Why Daily Routines Are So Important For Seniors
Ask any professional what one of the best things for seniors is and they will tell you that routine is everything. Routines are important for any adult—particularly older adults who tend to have days that are unstructured and unpredictable, especially when they are no longer working or taking care of children. While this can seem great to some, it can actually add a great deal of stress to any senior’s live.
This is where a set routine comes in.
Routines can help seniors in the following ways:
Creating a Better Sleep Routine
One of the most important benefits of having a regular routine, is that it can help anyone get on a better sleep routine. Routines will not only help seniors fall asleep and stay asleep, but they can prevent seniors from waking up in the middle of the night as well.
Sleep schedules can also serve as the foundation of any senior’s routine. Seniors should be waking up at and going to sleep at the same time every day and night. This will help set their internal clock and help make sure that they actually feel tired at night when it is time to drift off.
Once seniors have a routine with going to bed and waking up, they should add dressing, grooming and meals to their set daily schedule as well.
Helping Seniors Feel Safe and Secure
Another great benefit of a set daily routine is that it can help any senior feel more safe and secure, particularly if they are dealing with conditions such as dementia or memory loss. When seniors live in a constant state of uncertainty, it can lead to increased confusion.
Routines can help with memory, cognitive issues and stability and help prevent seniors from feeling surprised when new or confusing things come their way.
Reducing Stress and Anxiety
When seniors have an unpredictable routine, they can start feeling stressed or anxious and this stress and anxiety can start seeping in to other areas of their lives. A predictable routine can help reduce this stress and make any other challenges that come that senior’s way seem more manageable.
This way, seniors know when they will be doing things, who will be helping them and how it will be done. Plus, over time, when seniors have the same routine day after day, it will become part of their body memory, meaning even if they are struggling with cognitive issues, they won’t be consciously worrying as much about what they can expect next.
Routines can help seniors and they can help those who care for seniors as well, but sometimes creating this routine is more difficult than it seems. It can take some time, effort and diligence to make a routine a real habit. It is also important to know why these daily routines are so important, as this can help any senior and their loved ones help make these routines a reality.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
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