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Home Caregiver Advice: Prepare Seniors for Daylight Savings Time

Mar 2, 2017 by Becky Cross

Mom or dad may not know what their circadian rhythm is, but come March 12th, 2017, they may feel like they’re hitting the wall. An Abilene home caregiver notes that daylight savings time can disturb your mother or father’s sleep cycle. The clock may read 8 a.m. on Sunday morning, but their body is accustomed to it being 7 a.m.


Daylight savings time was started in 1915. It was originally proposed to save energy, since there would be more hours of daylight. However, it has become controversial in today’s society, specifically when related to illness and accidents due to the time change.


A home caregiver explains that the circadian rhythm is a 24-hour biological system that the body relies on. When the system is manipulated and an hour is added or removed, it sets the body out of balance. Older adults like your mom or dad are dependent on routines and regulations. Daylight savings has a tendency to disrupt your parent’s life despite the fact they may be anxiously looking forward to more daylight and warmer weather.


It is best when your parent’s home caregiver can prepare them for daylight savings time by slowly adjusting their sleep patterns. These next few weeks, they should have mom or dad stay up a little later to gradually adjust their circadian rhythm. If mom or dad doesn’t work and is not on a particular schedule, it may be easier for them to adapt. Within two or three days of the time change, they should be back in a rhythm.


Daylight savings time can be a challenge for Abilene seniors, but it doesn’t have to be life-altering. With the right preparation and the help of a care provider, mom or dad can enjoy the longer days sooner!

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