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Imagine that you can't remember what just happened. What do you turn to for reassurance, for guidance? You turn to routines, things that are stable, that you don't have to "remember." My dad is out of his room for lunch at noon on the dot. The same can be said for dinner at 6:30 pm when he's poking around the kitchen asking, "What's up?"
In our modern lives, daily activities are often hectic, shifting and uncertain, but to make it easier for those with Alzheimer's, it goes a long way to make daily life very humdrum, regular and routine. You can count on that -- and so will they.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|