People with Alzheimer’s may repeat things…a lot
Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias cause problems with short-term memory. This can lead to repetitive behaviors, like asking the same question or saying the same things over and over.
Your older adult isn’t doing it on purpose to annoy you. They truly aren’t aware that they’re repeating themselves the second or twenty-third time.
But it’s challenging to respond to the repetition without eventually snapping or letting the frustration show in your voice.
That’s why it’s important to arm yourself with kind techniques that change the subject or stop the flow of questions before you get too frustrated.
So the next time the repeating starts, do your best to stay calm and use these 4 tips to respond in ways that help stop the behavior.
(And if you do lose your temper, it’s because you’re human. Forgive yourself and take a brief time out to help you remain patient.)