For some people, routines are the enemy of fun. Your aging adult might even feel as if routines are something for people who still clock in at an office every day. Even loose routines are important, though, because they hit all the marks for your aging adult.
Many people enjoy showering in the morning to wake up and get off to a good start. Your senior may prefer to simply brush her teeth and get dressed. However involved the process is, having a routine for morning hygiene helps your senior to be ready for anything shortly after she wakes up.
Exercising early in the day may have been something that your senior enjoyed when she was younger, but now she might want to wait until she’s a little more awake. Exercising in the mid-morning hours helps to get your elderly family member’s blood flowing and get her revved up for the rest of the day’s tasks.
By afternoon, your elderly family member may have a lot more going on. There may be classes at the local senior center, lunch dates with friends, and other fun social activities. If your senior has been going strong all day, however, early afternoon might be a good time for a short nap to recharge for the rest of the day.
Late Afternoon Relaxation
Later afternoon is a good time to engage in relaxing activities such as listening to music, reading, or watching television or movies. This is because your senior is edging toward winding down for the day. Her late afternoon activities can actually help her to ease from the last meal of the day right into sleeping well.
Having a solid bedtime routine can help your senior’s brain and body to relax into a good night of sleep. Some people enjoy a warm bath while others find it soothing to slip into a comfortable bed and drift off. Once you have a plan that helps your senior get the sleep she needs, support it so that she can get reliable results every night.
Your elderly family member may need a little help with some or all of these activities. Talk with her about which aspects of her day would benefit from extra help from you or from senior care providers and then put those plans in action.
IF YOU OR AN AGING LOVED ONE ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE IN INDIAN TRAIL, NC, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT GOLDEN HEART SENIOR CARE OF CHARLOTTE. (704) 246-5806.