It seemed every day I would receive more and more calls from my mother, just to ask about the time of day. The early stages of Alzheimer's has had mad...
Teaching Now Living: Part 3- Time of Day Confusion
April 21, 2017
Sarah the Professional shares the trials and tribulations of caring for her Mother while she is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. On top of caring f...
Teaching Now Living: Introduction
April 13, 2017
Teaching Now Living: Part 6- The Challenge of Bathing
July 19, 2017
Teaching Now Living: Part 9-Importance of Sticking with a Routine or Schedule
September 7, 2017
Importance of Sticking with a Routine or Schedule
Ellie had a relative visit from out of town this completely disrupted her routine. The guest expected Ellie to go, go, go as she remembered from her younger days. After her departure, Ellie was confused, acted increasingly agitated and had trouble sleeping at night. This behavior continued for the following three weeks until Ellie was able to settle back into her routine.
Tip: People suffering from memory loss are more likely to succeed with familiarity. Maintaining a routine or schedule when possible will help to avoid increased confusion. Disruptions in daily routines can elevate loved one's anxiety and make it difficult to get back to a normal schedule once the disturbance is over. Daily routines provide us with a sense of comfort and control over our hectic day-to-day lives.