Have you ever noticed that routine is the name of the game as you age? I know that I park in the same general vicinity at each of the locations that I frequent. If it is busy and I cannot park in my regular spot, then I feel downright confused.
I believe that the reason that we do this is because our brains are changing and as they do, so do our memories. When something different is thrown into our normal routine, we get confused.
When a change in the routine happens when a caregiver is present, it is their responsibility to ensure peace for the person that they care for. You can begin by diverting attention away from the change and work to get the normal routine back assembled. This is not always an easy task for the change that has occurred may be so upsetting to the individual that they cannot seem to focus on any other thing.
This is where you, as a caregiver, must display that With Age Comes Respect. Realize that patience is required while you work to reassure that everything will get back to normal very soon. If you ever doubt that you can do this, just keep in mind that someday you will be in the very same position as the ones you care for. How would you want to be treated?