It can be very helpful and less frustrating (for everyone) to follow habits and schedules. This is especially true if a person has memory loss and prefers the security of a routine they do remember. Another way to maintain a comfort zone is to focus more one-on-one communications on the past. Old stories and fond memories will typically make for happier conversations and may stimulate more confident recollections. I also recommend that family members prepare for future visits with a loved one by digging out old photos and recalling events. Ask other family members and friends for additional stories you can share.