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I sometimes have a very difficult time getting my mom out of the bed. She has never been, and still isn't a morning person. However, whenever I tell her that I have something to do, or somewhere to go, she gets right up. Can you provide any assistance as far as keeping her out of the bed so much?

Answered by David Troxel

November 20, 2013

I sometimes have a very difficult time getting my mom out of the bed. She has never been, and still isn’t a morning person. However, whenever I tell her that I have something to do, or somewhere to go, she gets right up. Can you provide any assistance as far as keeping her out of the bed so much?

Your statement that she will get up for a reason suggests that there are additional strategies you can use to get her moving in the morning.

Does she have a favorite breakfast food? Perhaps the promise of a hot cup of coffee or bacon will help.

Consider the lighting of the room. Flood the room with fresh air and sunlight in the morning to provide stimulation.

Greet her with enthusiasm. Persons with dementia are sensitive to the mood of the room. If you greet her by saying that it will be a wonderful day she may respond to your positive emotion.

Play her favorite music. I once had a family member tell me that Louis Armstrong’s song “Wonderful World” was her husband’s favorite song and that playing it loudly encouraged him to wake up and get ready for the day.

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