The Benefits of Routines for People With Dementia
How Consistent Caregivers Can Help.
Because dementia can make it difficult to learn new things, using established, consistent routines can be calming and reassuring, for both the person with dementia and those around her.
Routines are often associated with our procedural memory (how we do things) and long term memory. So, since dementia typically first affects the short-term memory, the memory of a routine will often remain well into the middle stages of dementia.
Types of Daily Routines. Cont
Benefits of Routines in Dementia
- Maintains Functions
- Reduces Anxiety
- Decreases Caregiver Stress
- Allows for Some Independence