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DementiaManDear Carol: My dad lives with my husband and me. Dad’s got mid-stage dementia and we are waiting for a room to open up for him in a particular memory center. The center is nearby and very nice so we’re quite happy about it. Meanwhile, I’m wondering how important it is to have a routine for someone like my dad. My husband and I both work odd hours. We take turns with care and we also have an in-home care person filling in. Dad gets his needs met but I think some of his agitation may be because he doesn’t understand different routines with different people. I’d like to convince everyone to do things the same way though my husband disagrees about the importance of this. These aren’t big issues, just everyday duties. How important is staying on a routine for someone like my dad? Ginny

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