Maintaining Habits and Routines

A healthy daily routine will help with sleeping well at night. Try to keep routines familiar.

  • If your loved one has always gone to bed late and woken up late, this might be the most natural rhythm for them.
  • If they ate their main meal at lunch before developing dementia, this may be how they still want to eat.
  • If they used to listen to the radio to get them back to sleep in the past, try the same technique.  

Keeping the same routines is important as this generally reduces stress. However, it’s important to keep life interesting for the person living with dementia by varying daily activities, exercise and meals.

Ultimately, you want to support the person with dementia to keep living the life they’ve always lived for as long as possible.