In our everyday life we have a tendency to think of things as being not that important. Some of these normal routines, like waking up in the morning, getting into the shower, making breakfast, and heading off to work, are not given a second thought. For somebody who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, that routine, that normal pattern in life, can be absolutely essential, perhaps not in the current situation but in the future.
That’s because when a person performs the same thing in the same way, probably at the same time every single day, they develop a habit. For those who have tried to overcome certain ‘bad’ habits in the past, they understand how difficult it can be. Whatever the activity is that somebody’s trying to break the habit of, they understand the challenges in doing so.
Since a habit is so hard to overcome, it should stand to reason that if a person suddenly has difficulty with their memory, can’t seem to recall the people around them, their surroundings, or even what they were doing previously, a habit, or routine, might be just the ticket to help provide them some comfort.
That’s the key: comfort.
When a person has been diagnosed with any type of dementia, which includes Alzheimer’s, it can lead to anxiety, extreme stress, physical and verbal aggressive tendencies, and much more. That person who is dealing with memory loss may understand something is wrong but can’t quite put their finger on the situation.
They may struggle to bring to recollection the person standing before them, even if it’s a spouse of 50 or more years, a child, or a neighbor. That can cause a great deal of anxiety and stress.
The deeper into Alzheimer’s a person is, the more likely these extremely stressful situations are going to arise. When that individual there with them can help guide them into a routine, it can offer them some comfort. Doing something familiar, even if they can’t remember other things about their life or their surroundings at the moment, can derail physical or verbal aggression, extreme anxiety, and much more.
How a person develops a routine will differ from one individual to the next. The most important aspect to consider is doing the same thing at the same time of the day over and over and over until it becomes a habit. These routines, which do become habits, can be extremely beneficial for those dealing with Alzheimer’s or some other form of dementia.