Some seniors love to fly by the seat of their pants, and others finalize their schedule the night before so that they can begin checking off the list the moment they wake up the next day. No matter which type you may be, it turns out that having some sort of daily routine has many positive benefits for seniors.
Senior’s cognitive and physical abilities decline with each passing year. As more control is lost of their daily life, seniors with routines have less worry about unknowns. When you begin each day, follow a pattern from waking to completing breakfast. You may find it reduces stress when you don’t have to make one decision for the first hour or so of the day. Reading a short book each morning after breakfast may leave you with a sense of accomplishment so that you’re ready to take on the challenges ahead.
For seniors who have memory and cognitive issues, living in a predictable world can create a sense of safety and security. Some feel more grounded with a routine even if they aren’t aware that they are following one.
Read HERE how routines improve sleep. That’s helpful for people of any age!